ffwd: tuna-packed piquillo peppers

Tuna Salad

I’ll make this a quick one. As this gets posted by the miracles of technology, I hope to be hanging out with the Doristas that made it to Seattle.

The French Fridays with Dorie recipe for this week is Tuna-Packed Piquillo Peppers. In my bottomless pantry, I had a jar of these roasted Basque peppers (from Trader Joe’s) hanging out, waiting for the right recipe to come along.

I loved the tuna salad. The addition of olives, capers, lemon zest, shallot, and parsley dressed with olive oil and lemon juice was a lovely alternative to a more typical crunchy tuna salad with mayonnaise. For the final product, the piquillo peppers are stuffed with this Mediterranean tuna salad and heated under the broiler.

Savory Ingredients

Dorie suggests the stuffed peppers as a starter. Instead, I served a few peppers for lunch accompanied by a Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad. It was the perfect meal. I don’t know whether I’d bother stuffing the peppers again, but I’d definitely make the tuna salad again.

Tuna Lunch

To see other bloggers’ opinions about this week’s selection, check their links here. We don’t post the recipes, but if you want to try this at home, you can find it in Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table.


Posted on 20 September 2013, in French Fridays with Dorie and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Yes the tuna salad part actually didn’t look bad (and I don’t eat tuna) but I don’t think I would make this again. Have so much fun this weekend – I know you will all love Dorie!

  2. LOVED these, too!

    PS…I’ll be venturing down to the lobby soon to find some caffeine!!!

  3. Yes – the tuna salad was the best part, I am going to start making my tuna that way since I am not a fan of mayo.
    I went across the street a while ago for my caffiene fix!

  4. You and Mary now have me thinking that I should keep a jar of peppers in the cupboard. Looks delicious. I had mine for lunch too,

  5. What I liked most about this recipe was being introduced to Piquillo Peppers – never heard of them before. Just like the spaetzle maker, you just happened to find them hanging out in the back of your pantry cupboard. I had to drive 70 miles roundtrip (my Whole Foods is 35 miles away) to chase down my jar. The tuna salad was good – crazy about capers – but I liked the entire little red package for lunch.

  6. So nice to meet you at the dinner last night! after all the sweets of this weekend a protein packed dish sounds just perfect.

  7. I agree. I liked the tuna, but I’m not sure that the peppers were worth it. I wish I had known they sold the peppers at Trader Joe’s!

  8. I’m pretty impressed that you happened to have a jar of these in your pantry. You seem to find everything in there. Sounds like the Mary Poppins pantry.

  9. It was a really nice tuna salad. I used fresh peppers and I liked the added crunch. I love Rose’s description of your pantry – very apt!

  10. I loved the tuna salad too, and will certainly make it again on its own.

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