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Pipérade Stir-Fry from Around My French Table

Pipérade Stir-Fry

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Pipérade Stir-Fry: A pepper prominent side dish with tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices that is a fabulous accompaniment to many entrees!

Pipérade Stir-Fry from Around My French Table in a white bowl topped with chicken

Pipérade Stir-Fry

Bill arrived home late for dinner, swung open the refrigerator door, while inquiring, “Any veggies for dinner?” I sweetly replied, “Well, I made some pipérade…you know, sautéed peppers. One of Dorie’s recipes.”

“Have you heard of corn?” he responded wryly. This man eats all sorts of peppers in my fajitas and pasta dishes, but there was no persuading him that these vibrant peppers tossed with slivers of onion and minced garlic were going anywhere near his plate.

But I disagreed. They were the perfect side for my grilled chicken, then later with every entree adorning my plate till they were gone.

Pipérade Stir-Fry from Around My French Table

What is Pipérade?

Traditional pipérade is  a melange of peppers, onions, chiles, garlic and tomatoes with a longer cooking time than in this version. A specialty of the Basque region of France, Dorie’s pipérade used many of these same ingredients which were quickly stir-fried. A sprinkle of piment d’Espelette provided a touch of heat and red wine vinegar helped create a tangy glaze.

Pipérade Stir-Fry from Around My French Table

How Do You Make Pipérade?

A  recipe was hardly needed…5 sliced bell peppers were cooked in olive oil  till just “crisp-tender.” Salt and pepper were added and the pan was deglazed with a quarter cup of red wine vinegar. Paper thin slices of red onion and some garlic along with the French chili powder finished it off.

This stir fry would be the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken, beef or even meaty fish. Details of this recipe can be found in Around My French Table. Dorie’s slow cooked version can be seen in the Washington Post.

Skinny Tip

I’m starting a new series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #7: Fill up on high fiber foods (this pipérade stir-fry, for example). The bulk provided by whole grains, fruits and vegetables sends the “I’m full” signal to your stomach, then your brain. And remember to pair fiber with plenty of fluids (which was Tip #1).

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31 comments on “Pipérade Stir-Fry”

  1. Nice styling and presentation to equal the health-packed dish! Your fiber tip is timely (need something for my tummy to finally say, “I’m full!”) Thanks for sharing, Liz!

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  2. This is the second recipe in a row that I’ve just read featuring peppers and I’m so tempted now to rush out and buy some! This looks like a lovely, healthy, simple recipe.

  3. I’ve been seeing so many fun ways to serve peppers as side dishes and this sounds like a good one! Happy Weekend:@)

  4. This chicken looks juicy and really delicious!

  5. Love your new skinny tip feature, Liz. Thanks for sharing! My entire family loves peppers, garlic and onion. Such a pretty plate 🙂

  6. We loved this dish too, so colorful and tasty. A perfect side with almost any protein .

  7. I’m excited for your Skinny Tips series! I can use all of the help I can get it. Bill’s comment on corn cracked me up. I’m always trying to tell people that corn isn’t a vegetable.

  8. I like making these too. I didn’t know what they were called though! lol
    These make everything taste better. Blessings dear. Catherine

  9. Your peppers look wonderful! At least Bill asked about vegetables (I have to say, I’m a fan of corn too). I haven’t made it yet, but will tonight – I had to run out of town unexpectedly – without the cookbook! But it’s all good. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  10. Your pictures are gorgeous as always. I am glad you liked the dish. I just discovered you do Ice Cream Tuesdays. I have been missing out. I love making ice cream and I am going to have to check out your recipes.

  11. This dish looks really great Liz, and the veggies have caught my heart! I’ve missed your blog but glad I am back on!

  12. Tell Bill corn isn’t a vegetable. It is a grain. I’m with you skinny girl, I like filling up on bright colored vegetables like the peppers in this piperade.

  13. Gorgeous way to present and enjoy peppers. I wouldn’t have a hard time eating them!

  14. Piperade appears to be filled with peppery goodness. A splendid side dish indeed for a neutral canvas like chicken…So excited to add to my culinary dictionary thanks to you, Liz!

  15. It is certainly a gorgeous, vibrant dish — I adore peppers any which way. I’m going to check out the original recipe as it really reminds me of the Hungarian Lecso I made a while ago. Well, Bill certainly doesn’t know what he is missing that’s for sure.

  16. LoL – I hope that you convinced Bill this was delicious. Your piperade stir fry looks perfect paired with the chicken.

  17. Sounds like a great meal to me. Why is it that our husbands are never as adventurous as we are. Although in my house everyone loves peppers and onions and on fajitas I can’t ever seem to have enough. Another great Dorie recipe.

  18. In my home we have all sorts of pepper lovers starting from this little guy who hates pepper moving to one who only like uncooked yellow and orange ones ending with adults who think peppers are one of god’s most appreciated gifts. I can almost smell your flavorful dish. Nice work Liz.

  19. Haha boys are so weird! One day they like things, the next day they don’t. Sigh. But on the bright side…more for us!!

  20. a good Piperade is always a beauty to watch…as it looks colorful cause of bell peppers…and your food clicks are adorable…so vibrant,and a riot of delicious colors…perfect dish and amazing clicks,thanks for inspiring 🙂

  21. I love piperade! Peppers are a staple in my house. Plus, I love the word piperade. It is so fun to say!

  22. Very interesting way to cook those peppers, which I absolutely love. How does one not like peppers?? They’re so flavorful and pair well with just about everything!

    Also, love this tip! 🙂

  23. I love sautéed peppers, I could easily make a meal out of these!

  24. Sigh, BIll’s loss. At least there was plenty for you. Wasn’t it good? Howard thought the peppers were delicious and went ahead and packed the leftovers for his lunch without asking whether I wanted any of what was left. Somehow, I’m guessing the FFWD recipes for June won’t be popular with Bill either.

  25. What is with men and their obsession with corn?!! My husband can’t get enough!

    I think these peppers look delicious!

  26. My husband wasn’t convinced either. I love how you plated yours. The chicken looks delicious. We haven’t done chicken breasts on the grill yet, but I’m sure it’s coming.

  27. This dinner looks delicious! I love all of the colors from the peppers. Your skinny tips are great. Keep them coming!

  28. Haven’t you heard of corn? 🙂

    We served ours with grilled chicken too – it just seemed like the right thing!

  29. My DH likes and have peppers (any color) in his meals three times a week.

  30. I agree – this makes a perfect side for almost anything. I loved this with scrambled eggs for breakfast, especially. They look wonderful with your chicken breast – truly food for the eyes, as well as the belly.

  31. Hehe Bill is too funny, my husband feels the same way about peppers. I love so this stir fry is perfect for me 🙂 They look fantastic with the grilled chicken breast!

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