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Sicilian Rolled Peppers

Sicilian Rolled Peppers

Sicilian rolled peppers are a classic Italian appetizer that I’ve always served at my dinner parties. It’s what I like to call agrodolce- a sweet/savory taste that is so typical of the Western part of the Sicilian island where my maternal grandmother’s family came from. It’s also a great excuse to satisfy your craving for imported Italian tuna! I always think of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and Tyrrhennian Sea when I eat this appetizer, and of the fond memories I have of taking y own children back to my grandmother’s town of Castelvetrano and rediscovering our Sicilian roots.

Buon Appetito e Tutti a Tavola!


You can watch Lisa make this recipe in a short reel on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel here.

Sicilian Rolled Peppers Ingredients:

  • 6 large peppers, 2 yellow, 2 red, and 2 orange
  • 2 cans or jars of imported Sicilian tuna
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 tablespoons chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • Sicilian sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons capers, chopped fine

Sicilian Rolled Peppers Directions:

To roast the peppers:

Cover a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Place the peppers on the foil and broil until the skin of the pepper is black and boils. Carefully turn the peppers until they are black on all sides. Remove from the oven and cool completely. When cool peel the black skin from each pepper and remove the stems and the seeds. Slice each pepper in four pieces, length wise.

In a medium sized bowl mix tuna, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, capers, salt and pepper. Place a tablespoon full of tuna mixture at the end of each pepper slice and roll. Place on a tray and serve.


  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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