Stuffed Baby Peppers with Bulgur, Tuna, and Preserved Lemon

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Bulgur, Tuna, and Preserved Lemon

These flavor-packed stuffed peppers make a delicious addition to a holiday cold buffet or a light summer dinner.  They are rich, healthy, and satisfying.

If you have been reading this blog for any time at all, you know that I am most inspired by the produce aisle.  I go to the store with a plan.  Then, I stumble across a gorgeous, seasonal heap of produce and wind up re-thinking my menu on the fly.

One of the ingredients that never ceases to draw my attention — when they’re available — is those gorgeous little, multicolored sweet peppers.  I adore them.  With their bright oranges, yellows and reds, they look beautiful on the plate and taste good too.  So, I jump at opportunities to use them in my dishes.

As you may realize, I also have a weakness for stuffed vegetables.  Whether tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, or cabbage rolls, stuffed veggies always appeal to me.  Thus, stuffed peppers are a combination that really resonates with the way I like to cook and eat at home.

Moreover, as we get closer to the holiday season, I’ve been working on recipes that can easily be scaled up to feed a crowd.  Whether in town or at the beach, a buffet heaped with satisfying nibbles is the best accompaniment to holiday cheer!  This recipe — which can be served warm or cold — fits the bill perfectly.

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Bulgur, Tuna, and Preserved Lemon |

The Recipe

This dish was inspired one of Melissa Clark’s recipe, which recently appeared in The New York Times.  Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Tuna, Bulgur and Herbs is an appealingly light combination, perfect for the season.

However, since my Zesty Preserved Lemons were almost ready, I wanted to take the formula in a more North African direction.  I added a bit of earthy spice and tangy lemon, along with a hint of sweetness from fresh fennel.

The baby peppers are roasted in the oven — which can be done ahead of time.  Then, they’re stuffed with the lightly sautéed bulgur and tuna mixture.  Finally, they’re finished with a squeeze of lemon, and a shower of fresh herbs.  Bright and festive!

I hope your family and friends enjoy these flavors as much as mine do!  Bon appétit!


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