The cruski (pronounced crussh-ki) peppers of Senise (Basilicata), probably arrived with the Spanish from the Antilles, are a source of pride for the cuisine of the region, a surprise for those who discover them, an essential confirmation for those who know them already. The peppers are harvested from July until September when they reach a deep red color. After harvesting, the peppers are strung into large garlands decorating the streets of city centers. After 30 days drying, they are ready to eat, so…

Just fry cruski peppers of Senise in extra virgin olive oil until the skin becomes deep brick red with a soft leather!

Take a few seconds in hot oil and enjoy the crunchy and the savoury of these excellent snack and appetizer.

Simple dish, simple flavor of simple people of Basilicata…simple way to get luck and live for a long time…

Today I want to show you one of the most typical cuisine from Lucania, simple and quick to prepare. Cruski peppers give the dish the ancient flavors of Lucania, tipycal of rural people.

Try ande taste it!

Difficulty: easy – Preparation time: 20 min – Cooking time: 10 min – Serves: 4 people – Cost: low

Ingredients: 3/2 cup of cavatelli (handmade pasta with Grano Senatore Cappelli) – 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs (italian bread) – ¼ cup of cruski peppers – 4 tablespoons of olive oil – 4 tablespoons cacioricotta grated – 1 pinch of salt

Preparation: Boil 2,5 liters of water with salt and cook cavatelli for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cover the bottom of a pan with a little oil and when hot fry the peppers previously cleaned with a damp cloth. Allow to brown for a few seconds, then drain and place in a dish. Blend the bread coarsely. In a pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and toast the breadcrumbs until golden brown. Set aside. Drain cavatelli, add the mixture and toss with the toasted breadcrumbs. If you taste, finish the dish with grated cacioricotta and enjoy….

Fried eggs with cruski peppers is another typical recipe in Lucania, another ancient flavors of that country. This poor dish really will satisfy all your senses. The recipe is simple and very tasty, but cruski peppers give to it the quality and genuineness in a more particular way. So you just have to try!

Difficulty: very low – Preparation time: 5 min – Cooking time: 10 min – Serves: 4 people – Cost: very low

Ingredients: 4 eggs – 4 dried peppers (peperoni cruski) – 2 slices of homemade bread of Lucania – extra virgin olive oil – salt to taste.

Preparation: heat abundant extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Reached temperature, dip the peppers one by one making them brown for a few seconds. Set aside. Toast the bread in the same pan. Set aside. Now fry the eggs. Set the slices bread in the plate, fried eggs above, season with salt and serve immediately with cruski peppers for the pleasure of all your senses!