4 red capsicums
⅓ cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
500 grams well drained ricotta
1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
100 grams feta, finely crumbled
¼ cup stuffed green olives, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon chilli flakes
3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
3 cup capacity baking dish, brushed with oil and the base lined with baking paper
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Cut the capsicums into quarters, leaving the green stems on if possible, and remove the seeds and membrane.
Combine the oil, garlic, fennel, paprika and thyme. Arrange the capsicums on a baking tray and spoon the oil mixture into the quarters. Season and roast until tender but not falling apart. Set aside to cool.
Ricotta: Combine all the ingredients except the oil and paprika in a bowl and season. Tip into the baking dish and level the top with a fork. Drizzle with the oil then sprinkle over the paprika. Place in the oven and bake about 40 minutes until firm and golden.
To serve: Arrange the capsicums on a platter – carefully lifting the capsicums to keep the juices inside each one – and serve the ricotta either in the baking dish if serving warm, or turned out when cold, sliced and placed alongside the vegetables.