Posted by: Debra Kolkka | October 12, 2013

Stuffed peperoncini

I saw these little peppers at the Wednesday food market in Bagni di Lucca and just had to buy them and do something with them. A very kind lady who was shopping beside us gave us the recipe for tuna stuffed peppers and I went home immediately to make them.

The peppers are about the size of large cherry tomatoes.


The first step is to don rubber gloves and cut the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds. The helpful lady at the market suggested the gloves as the peppers are a bit hot and may burn the skin.



Fill a small saucepan with enough water and white wine vinegar (more vinegar than water) to cover the peppers. Add salt. Boil the water and vinegar and then put the peppers in. Boil for about 5 minutes until they are tender.


Drain upside down on a paper towel.


For the stuffing I mixed a 200g bottle of tuna (minus the oil) 2 anchovy fillets and some capers.


I mashed them together and added some chopped flat leaf parsley.


Then I stuffed the filling into the peppers.


I put them in a small dish and covered them with olive oil.


I made 12 stuffed peperoncini. They were delicious. I think they might keep for a few days in the fridge, but I don’t know because we ate them.


  1. Thank you…great easy and looks super delicious

    • They are easy to do and they taste great…a little bit hot, but good.

      • Hum..I like hot. . Yummy..

      • These are hot, but not too hot.

      • I like hot but not too hot so it is perfect. ..;-)

  2. Those look delicious…it’s so funny…I’ve eaten them in restaurants and loved them, but never thought of doing it myself. Why not???? Dunno…but now I think I will!

    • They only took about 20 minutes to put together…really easy.

  3. Brava! We did the quince paste and we have a sample for you but no photos.

  4. Sounds delicious and they must taste even better!

    • They were very good. I will be looking for them in the markets again.

  5. Oh! they look really yummy. Think we will have to give them a go.

    • They are really easy, I’m sure you will like them.

  6. Sounds brilliant! I’m going to the market tomorrow to see if I can find some peppers. Not sure if I will up north here!

    • I haven’t seen these at our local market before, but I will be keeping an eye out for them in future.

  7. Yum Deb! I’ve never seen these for sale here, except already stuffed at the deli! They look so much better fresh! 🙂

    • They are quite expensive at the deli, much better to make them yourself.

  8. Love that last line Deb. Buon appetito…. I wish I could have been there for a taste!

  9. Good tip about the precooking with vinegar added, thanks Deb.

    • You will love them Roz.

  10. Yummy. Want to taste them.

    • They sell a prepackaged version at James St Markets, but they are not as good as these.

  11. Debra great recipe. The dish looks so appealing and delicious. all the best Helen

    • Perhaps you can find the peppers in Brisbane.

  12. I haven’t seen peppers that size before, they look very cute and the recipe sounds delicious.

    • I haven’t seen them before, but I hope I find them again.

  13. The simple things are sometimes the best. They wouldn’t last in my fridge either! Gnom! MLT

    • I don’t think they would ever last long in my fridge.

  14. These look delicious and I just bought some small peppers yesterday that I was planning on stuffing.

    • These ones are fairly hot, but delicious.

  15. They look totally delicious. I can honestly say that if they were on a plate in our house they’d last all of five minutes, and that’s pushing it.

    • There were 6 of us, so we only had 2 each. I will make more next time.

  16. Debra –
    Love peperoncini. I buy those packets of spices you find in Italian markets and give them as gifts to friends and family. I experiment with them, using one or two tablespoons sauted in olive oil for many dishes including meatloaf and many pasta dishes and seafoods.

    • I use thise too…very good.

  17. gorgeous colour! I admire your adventurousness in trying something out with them!

  18. Yummy! Glad the woman advised you to where gloves. Sara has had her hands burnt by peppers.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  19. That looks so deliciously fresh!

    • We ate them just a little while after they were prepared.

  20. Debra after reading “Stuffed peperoncini” went to our local ‘Coles’ and there they were for sale. I have never seen them for sale locally before or after. They were delicious, so I planted some of the seeds and now have countless plants growing. Looking forward to the harvest.

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