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These gorgeous sweet, slightly smoky peppers were new to my pantry. About a quarter the size of a red bell pepper, these piquillo peppers needed only a tablespoon of the flavor packed tuna filling with shallots, lemon zest, Niçoise olives, capers and parsley. Bill was out of town, so  my oldest stopped by for some mom desserts and I offered him one of my Tuna-Packed Piquillo Peppers, which I had made for dinner (despite their designated spot in the small plates and starters chapter).

My children were  born too late for the tuna casserole heyday and none of them were thrilled when I made this chip topped dish when their dad finally wore me down with his requests. Nor were they fans of the tuna sandwich. So I wasn’t sure what Tom would think of these ruby, fish filled gems. I guess eating enough of his own mediocre cooking has matured his palate to appreciate fine food…as he ate one, then another and another. I was delighted with the results as well. Bill was out of town so no wise cracks from him this week…but I’m thinking he might find them appealing…as long as no details of the filling were revealed (capers and fancy olives aren’t really his thing!).

The recipe can be found here or on page 174 of Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

I am currently hanging out with some of my favorite blogger friends at the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle, Washington. Dorie Greenspan is the keynote speaker and I hope to have a photo to share with you next week of the “Doristas” posing with Ms. Greenspan!

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31 comments on “Tuna-Packed Piquillo Peppers #FrenchFridayswithDorie”

  1. Hi there Liz! These little peppers are so bright and fancy and would perfect for entertaining a tapas party. Are these peppers a little spicy? I think I remember having them before and they were pickled so a little sour and sweet? I can’t wait to hear all about your international food blogger experience. Take Care, BAM

  2. The peppers are such a pretty color! Have fun at the conference:@)

  3. They are so pretty Liz! Have so much fun in Seattle – I know you will all love Dorie!

  4. How gorgeous!!
    I showed these to Mr GG and I got an immediate response.
    What a delicious dish 🙂

  5. Piquillo pepper are the best red peppers on the planet! Not a fan of tuna myself, but they do look good Liz!

  6. Looks very delicious!

  7. While Peter is probably out in the field picking more pecks of pickled peppers, I am having my first cup of coffee (room service at W Hotel in Seattle – I think the coffee and a banana cost $30!!!!!won’t do that again) and getting dressed so I can meet you fellow Doristas for breakfast. Your peppers were prettier than mine – of course I was a little heavy-handed with the stuffing – but I found them tasty also. Looking forward to seeing you transform from virtual to reality in about 2 hours………

  8. Lizzy, such a bright red and beautiful array of tuna stuffed peppers in a gorgeous oval bowl…Polish design…so, so, pretty! I’ve seen a whole set of these and others on QVC a while back and also at Home Goods store!

    You and lots of other bloggers are off the Seattle for an exciting weekend; can’t wait to hear updates and see lots of photos! Have a wonderful time! xoxo

  9. Fantastic shot… the peppers themselves look really intriguing. I never ate tuna casserole growing up and my husband always asks for me to make it too. I’m too mediterranean in my tastes. I really don’t like cream or cheese with fish. Glad your son liked them. My kids appreciate a good tuna sandwich so this wasn’t too much of a leap. Have the most wonderful time with the Doristas.

  10. Those look a-MAZ-ing! That’s my kind of meal!

  11. Love the colors Liz and whagca way to jazz up tuna. Hope you’rd having a blast in Washington!

  12. I love piquillo peppers, these would be such a great appetizer!

  13. They look so yummy! I am sure that they don’t just look but also taste great too.

  14. These tuna filled peppers look so inviting, Liz.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Thinking these red ruby peppers are perfect party food, too. I’ve had tuna casserole a few times in my life as a child and loved it…Sorry it’s out of fashion. But happy that Dorie Greenspan approved stuffed peppers with tuna survived =)

  16. wow, i missed my sister so much just by reading the tittle,
    she obsessed to stuffed anyting when we were kids….
    i guess the wouls love this very much!

  17. Ummmm! Perfect peppers and they beat tuna casserole any day!

  18. LOL Loved the story! Not too different to what goes on around here with our adult sons. Great that he enjoyed these so much. I could eat them anytime!

  19. Lizzy,
    I usually stuff my peppers with chopped meat. I like tuna sandwiches so I’d like these peppers too. I’d probably leave out the capers though.

  20. I saw you with Dorie… very cool!! I know you’re have a wonderful time. 🙂 I would eat these.. they look so good. I have never worked with piquillo peppers either… but the look wonderful. 🙂

  21. Beautiful dish…I’ve not used that pepper, but I’m tempted since it’s sweet and a little smoky! Have fun at the conference!

  22. These look so good and are on my can-eat list. It’s good when you realise your kids’ palates have matured enough to appreciate your efforts to be creative.

  23. Love those little peppers and what a what a fun thing to do with them Liz! Have fun at the conference!

  24. These look so amazing Liz. It will look so good on a buffet table.
    Have a fun time with your friends.

  25. Those are delicious , Lizzy ! Tuna and smoky peppers together sounds wonderful !

  26. Gorgeous photos. I love your serving dish.

  27. Gorgeous. And happy to hear that you were able to find an appreciative taster. My taster was unimpressed, but I thought these little peppers were tasty.

  28. These were a hit here, though I couldn’t help using some cute purple peppers I found at the food co-op, instead. I’m glad yours were such a hit!

  29. Just getting caught up from last week. I’m glad you could share these with an appreciative audience. Not that I make, but why is it that tuna casserole is out of fashion. I always liked it. Or maybe it’s just nostalgia talking?

  30. Gorgeous Liz. So nice to meet you last week!

  31. Your food pictures do talk, whisper, dance and sing!
    So insanely beautiful 🙂
    Loved the way you placed red against blue 🙂

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