Bomba Calabrese – This Pepper Spread is the Bomb, Literally

Bomba Calabrese – This Pepper Spread is the Bomb, Literally

This amazing Calabrian pepper spread is as delicious, as it is unknown. It doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. Hey, even I have a Wikipedia page. But, despite the fact there’s not a lot of information available, I believe I got relatively close, and really love how this comes out.

As I said in the video, I like this best served simply on sliced bread, but beyond that, this is one of the most versatile condiments I know. You can toss it with pasta; add it to a sandwich; fill an omelet; top a pizza; use it like a salsa on grilled fish; spice up a potato salad; as well as create the world’s best deviled eggs. Actually, I’ve never made deviled eggs with it, but I know it’d be the best.

I was intentionally vague with the cooking times and temperatures. Basically, once the onion, eggplant, and mushroom mixture is sautéed, you add your peppers, and simply cook until everything is soft and tender, no matter how long it takes. You’ll probably stay between medium and medium high heat, but be prepared to adjust as need be. This is not something we want browning in the pan, before everything is cooked.


  • 3/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 4-5 large button mushrooms
  • 2 pounds hot cherry peppers (or about 1 pound after trimming)
  • 1 pounds sweet red bell peppers (or about 12 ounces after trimming)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, or to taste
Read the whole recipe on Food Wishes -- Video Recipes