← Back to Search Results
roasting Piedmont
Roasted Pepper Rolls Stuffed with Tuna

Photo by:
Comments: 0
 

Recipe

Peperoni Ripieni Con Tonno Ed Acciughe

Antipasti are, for me, the best part of a Piedmontese meal. At any family gathering (and in restaurants as well), the platters of different antipasti just never stop coming. And at some point in the procession, roasted peppers stuffed with tuna will arrive at the table. The combination of sweet, meaty peppers and well-seasoned oil-cured tuna is always delightful.

In Piemonte, cooks are discriminating about the peppers they roast, and most sought are those from Carmagnola, a town in the countryside south of Torino. Carmagnola peppers are justly famous, for wonderful flavor as well as their vivid colors and distinctive shapes, like the corno di bue (ox horn) and trottola (spinning top). Carmagnola also is well known for il coniglio grigio di Carmagnola—the gray rabbit from Carmagnola—considered to be one of the best in Italy.

Here in the States, any fresh, meaty sweet bell-type peppers are suitable— different colors make a nice presentation. And peppers are always best roasted and peeled at home, though a jar of roasted red peppers can be substituted if you are short on time. (If you have no peppers at all, this tuna filling is delicious on crostini or crackers—it makes a world-class tuna-fish sandwich too.)

Yield: Makes about 15 small rolls, serving 6 as an hors d’oeuvre

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 sweet red or assorted-color peppers (about 1½ pounds total)
  • 1/3 cup or so extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt, or to taste
  • Two 6-ounce cans tuna packed in olive oil (preferably imported from Italy)
  • 2 small anchovy fillets, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons small capers, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°. Rub the peppers all over with 2 tablespoons olive oil, season with ¾ teaspoon salt, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes or so, turning the peppers occasionally, until their skins are wrinkled and slightly charred.

Let the peppers cool completely. Slice in half (through the stem end), discard the stem, peel off the skin, and slice the halves lengthwise into strips 2 inches wide. Scrape the seeds from the strips, and lay them in a sieve to drain and dry.

To make the stuffing, drain the tuna and break it into flakes in a medium-sized bowl. One at a time, mix the seasonings into the tuna with a fork: chopped anchovies, capers, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, parsley, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and about ½ teaspoon salt. Stir vigorously, breaking up lumps of fish, until the stuffing is soft and fairly smooth. Add more of any seasoning to taste.

Drop a scant tablespoon of stuffing at one end of each roast pepper strip and roll it up snugly, creating a neat cylinder. Press the pepper as you wrap, so it adheres to itself and stays closed.

To serve, arrange all the rolls on a platter, drizzle a bit more olive oil all over, and sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.


© 2007 Tutti a Tavola, LLC
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

This recipe serves 6.

317kcal (16%)
16mg (2%)
49mg (81%)
27mcg RAE (1%)
312mg
29mg
16g
2g
1g
3g
23mg (8%)
846mg (35%)
4g (20%)
27g (41%)
1mg (5%)
 

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.
 

Sign up for
The Cookstr Weekly

Free handpicked cookbook recipes delivered straight to your inbox

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

nigella-express Nigella Express
by Nigella Lawson
rice Rice
by Bonnie Tandy Leblang, Joanne Lamb Hayes
ice-creams-and-sorbets-cool-recipes Ice Creams and Sorbets: Coo...
by Lou Seibert Pappas
complete-book-of-indian-cooking-350-recipes-from-the-regions-of-india Complete Book of Indian Coo...
by Suneeta Vaswani
david-rosengarten-entertains-fabulous-parties-for-food-lovers David Rosengarten Entertain...
by David Rosengarten
jacques-torres-a-year-in-chocolate-80-recipes-for-holidays-and-special-occasions Jacques Torres' A Year in C...
by Judith Choate, Jacques Torres
hot-sour-salty-sweet Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet
by Jeffrey Alford, Naomi Duguid
allergy-free-desserts Allergy-Free Desserts
by Elizabeth Gordon
Already a member? Sign in here
Close_overlay

Sign up to Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new cookbooks, Cookstr features, and other exclusives we know you'll love
Spinner
By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
New to Cookstr? Sign up here
Close_overlay

Sign in to Cookstr

Keep me logged in
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?