Piquillo Peppers stuffed w/Artichokes, Tuna & Egg Salad

Piquillo Peppers stuffed w/Artichokes, Tuna & Egg Salad

Everyone loves tuna salad right? My sister-in-law can’t get enough. If there’s a tuna salad sandwich on the menu, you know she’s probably going to order it. Even my notoriously picky college roommate likes tuna, and she hates everything, including all kinds of fish. (I know…I simply cannot explain it.)

While traditional tuna salad is delicious, I know everyone’s got their favorite recipe. Some people like onions, celery and mayo. Others prefer yellow mustard and relish. I even know someone who uses cream cheese, but I think that’s plain weird. My favorite is mayo-less and usually involves red onions and roasted peppers, but sometimes I add eggs. This is how the Spaniards do it, and they do their tuna right.

This time, I made a simple salad of imported Spanish tuna, packed in tomato sauce, mixed with artichoke hearts, thinly sliced red onion and hard-boiled eggs. Stuff everything into a grilled piquillo pepper and you’ve got a pretty fancy-looking lunch or snack in under 15 minutes. These would also make a pretty little appetizer on a small handful of greens. Even better, skip the stuffing part and squash everything inside a crusty baguette for a truly delicious sandwich.

So, what’s your favorite tuna salad recipe? Do you eat it in a sandwich? On crackers? Straight from the mixing bowl?

Piquillo Peppers stuffed w/Artichokes, Tuna & Egg Salad
Serve these as an appetizer on a handful of greens, drizzled with a little olive oil, on a salad for lunch, or in a crusty baguette for a sandwich very much like a french pan bagnat.

4 oz. can imported Spanish tuna in tomato sauce (or same amount of tuna packed in olive oil)
3 - 4 artichoke hearts, sliced
2 thin slices of red onion
2 hard-boiled eggs
6 piquillo peppers (I like these, or use other small roasted red peppers)
pinch coarse salt

Place the tuna, artichoke hearts, red onion and eggs in a bowl. Using a fork, mash everything together until well-combined, but still chunky.

Carefully stuff the peppers with the tuna salad, slowly filling them until they’re almost overflowing. Really small spoons work well hear (coffee spoon, sundae spoon, etc.).

Place each pepper on a plate as you go, then sprinkle with salt when you’re done.

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  1. THAT LOOKS SOOOOO GOOD. I think I may have to try to make it once my houseguest leave. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  2. Liz – Ha! See? You’re obsessed with tuna salad :)

  3. I love how you take something simple like tuna and turn it in to a wonderfully fresh meal/appetizer. I’m a new tuna fan. After a bad experience with it when I was a kid, I stayed away for a while but I’m back on the tuna now. I like making healthier versions of a tuna melt. A little cheese, butter, whole wheat bread, and tomatoes. So good!

  4. Hi Mel…I have never seen Spanish tuna before…do I need to go to a specialty grocer? Thanks Amy

  5. Amanda – Thanks! You made me crave a tuna melt :)

    Amy – Spanish tuna is available at every grocery store down here, but you might not be able to get it where you are. It’s usually just packed in nice olive oil, which is why I like it. Here are some examples. If you can’t find it, this is just as good with bumblebee tuna packed in olive oil. If you can’t find either, just use regular tuna, drain and add about 1 tbsp. olive oil to the salad.

  6. Hi Mel, I was unable to find the Spanish tuna or the piquillo peppers, but I was determined to try this! I loved the idea of these simple ingredients combined to make a couture tunafish!

    My artichokes are marinated in olive oil and italian spices, so my version was moving away from a Spanish taste, to more Italian. I omitted the salt, and sprinkled feta cheese on the tuna, (in olive oil), eggs, onions and artichokes. I put it on a caibatta role. I was very impressed, but I will continue to look for the original ingredients!

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us, I check to see what you have for dinner, almost every morning…: – )

  7. These were so wonderful I had to link to you as part of our special gourmet egg salad recipe roundup. Bravo!

  8. Hugging the Coast – Thanks for including me! You just reminded me that I have to make this again…Soon :)

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