Is it really Friday already? This week has sure flown by, but at least I found time to cook and blog about this tasty meal.
It’s a two-fer French Fridays with Dorie this week: I made this week’s Tuna-Packed Piquillo Peppers and a make-up from earlier this summer, Socca from Vieux Nice.
I have been looking forward to making the Tuna-Packed Piquillo Peppers forever! I even bought some of the ingredients (the piquillo peppers and imported tuna) a while back on vacation in anticipation of making this dish.
I liked the olive oil-based tuna salad filling a lot. It was very flavorful, and much lighter than a mayo-based tuna. The bright flavors came from lemon zest, capers, shallot, olives, parsley, and lemon juice. Stuffed in the piquillo peppers, it made a tasty “small plate”.
Socca is a popular street food from Nice. It is a crepe-like pancake made from chickpea flour. It was very easy to make: Mix the chickpea flour with water, olive oil, salt, and fresh rosemary, and let it rest for at least 2 hours. Pour the mixture into a hot, oiled pan and bake at a high temperature for just a few minutes.
This one was fun to try and we liked it! I made half the recipe, which was the perfect amount for our dinner. I especially liked the crispy edges that got soaked in olive oil. Yum!
I served the stuffed peppers and socca with an heirloom tomato caprese salad and steamed Romano beans. A lovely “Mediterranean-inspired” meal!
The participants of French Fridays with Dorie do not share recipes, but you can find them in Dorie Greenspan’s wonderful book, Around My French Table. I highly encourage you to check it out!