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Eugenio Maiale: Peperoni ripieni di tonno (peppers stuffed with tuna)

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for peperoni ripieni di tonno (peppers stuffed with tuna) by Eugenio Maiale from A Tavola restaurant in Sydney.

By Eugenio Maiale
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Eugenio Maiale: Peperoni ripieni di tonno (peppers stuffed with tuna)
“We used to make these stuffed peppers and head out to the beach. The taste of tuna and the backdrop of the sea still takes me back to my childhood.”


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 125 gm (1½ cups) fine fresh breadcrumbs from crusty sourdough bread
  • 375 gm canned tuna in oil, drained (see note)
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 12 bella rosso, tops removed, seeds and membrane discarded (see note)
  • 40 gm butter, melted
  • To serve: extra-virgin olive oil


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180C. Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, add onion and garlic, stir occasionally until transparent (3-5 minutes). Remove from heat and cool.
  • 2
    Combine two-thirds of the breadcrumbs with tuna, milk, eggs, parsley, lemon juice and onion mixture in a bowl, season to taste and divide evenly among capsicum.
  • 3
    Combine melted butter with remaining breadcrumbs and sprinkle over capsicum, then roast until golden (12-15 minutes). Serve with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.


Note Use a good-quality canned tuna. Eugenio recommends an Italian brand, such as Callipo. Bella rosso (baby capsicum) are available from select supermarkets. You can substitute small capsicum that have been blanched and halved.
Drink Suggestion: The dry and spicy Catarratto from Sicily. Drink suggestion by Glen Davis

  • Author: Eugenio Maiale