Appetizers/ Vegetables

Red Peppers Melted with Fig Balsamic Vinegar Crostini

I would like to share with you my recent work made for the owners of “The Ancient Olive” stores in Florida, Jeffrey Schrader & Bryan Behling – still life composition with olive oils, vinegar, olives, exotic fruits, and Italian vegetables. This was a very exciting project and I had a great time shooting for “The Ancient Olive”. Here is one of the versions of my composition which I feel passes the true spirit of these exquisite stores.

Jeffrey and Bryan mailed me some of their products for the shooting, and I decided to make a succulent appetizer using extra virgin olive oil and fig balsamic vinegar.

Melted red peppers with black olives top crostini perfectly, but also they are a colorful marker on the antipasto platter.

Red Peppers Melted with Fig Balsamic Vinegar Crostini

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Serves: appetizer for 4 people


  • 2-3 red peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted, diced
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
  • 1/4 cup fig balsamic vinegar, plus more if needed
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 7-10 slices of bread for crostini



In a large skillet on lowest heat, cook the peppers and olives, uncovered, with olive oil and fig balsamic vinegar until the peppers are soft, about 30-40 minutes.


Stir occasionally, add more olive oil and balsamic vinegar if they look dry.


Season with salt and pepper.


Spoon peppers with olives onto crostini and serve warm with fresh dill (optional).


For crostini, cut a long skinny loaf into slices about 1/3 inch thick. Toast them with butter.

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  • Reply
    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    November 13, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Beautiful still life and wonderful recipe!



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    La Table De Nana
    November 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I pinned your "canvas" right away..
    You have created a masterpiece for the products Yelena.

  • Reply
    November 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Something went wrong the first time…

    Wonderful recipe, Yelena. But I would like to say something else since your post started with such an amazing still life tableau. When I first saw your still life art I had to think about the great masters who used canvas and paint. I also thought about the joy that one experiences when one looks at the paintings of Boris Kustodiev. The opulence is simply mesmerizing!

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    Te de Ternura
    November 14, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Ohhhh… Me he quedado sin palabras YELENA!!!
    FELICIDADES, eres ÚNICA!!! :)))

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    November 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I need to try this recipe, sounds delicious! Beautiful photo. Congratulations on your well done art work for the client!

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    November 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I love the still life you created! Inspired by the Dutch artists, isn't it? I will definitely try to follow your steps in this kind of photography, congratulations!

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