PEPERONI RIPIENE CON TONNO e CAPPERI
(Peppers stuffed with Tuna & Capers)
1/2 Lb. Tuna under Olive Oil 1 1/2 Cups Bread Crumbs 2 Tbl. Capers - salted 1 Lg. Onion - chopped 1 Lg. Tomato 1 Lg. Egg 3 Fillets Anchovy 1 Lg. Lemon or the juice of 1 lemon Q.B. Salt & Pepper
PREPARATION OF THE STUFFING
The best tuna to use for this dish is fresh tuna that has been baked and put up under Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Dill. If that is not available, use two cans of chunk dark tuna. Drain them of the oil or water in which they were packed. Place them in a shallow bowl, sprinkle dill leaves over them, and cover with Extra virgin Olive oil for an hour or more.
Meanwhile soak the salted capers in warm water for 30 minutes. You can use capers in vinegar, but use 1/2 Tbl more as they are not as tasty as salted capers. Chop the onion fine and put it into a large mixing bowl. Chop the anchovies and add to the bowl. Cut the tomato intro small pieces, deseeding it if desired. Add the bread crumbs to the bowl along with one third a cup of warm water. rinsed the capers and add them to the bowl. Add the egg and mix all of the ingredients carefully so that they are thoroughly integrated.
Drain the tuna and add to the mixture in the bowl. Gently mix so that the tuna breaks into medium size chunks. Try not to pulverize it. Set the entire mixture aside for 10-15 minutes so that the bread crumbs absorb the liquids. If after 5-10 minutes, the mixture is too stiff, add 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cut olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix again, but gently.
While the tuna mixture is resting, cut the tops off of the peppers. Save the tops. Remove the seeds and ribs.
STUFFING THE PEPPERS
Stuff each pepper with the tuna mixture. Cover each pepper with its top. Place upright in an oven proof casserole, and sprinkle Olive oil over each pepper. Salt each pepper with coarse salt. Bake for 30-45 minutes, depending upon the size of the peppers.
Remove and serve hot. Any leftover peppers make great antipasti either served cold or at room temperature. A suggestion is to serve them either on a bed of Radichhio or a bed of Arugula. We enjoy them served at room temperature sprinkled with hot pepper oil.
Last updated on: 06/03/99 12:51:04 AM