How to make it

  • Make the peppers: Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until completely softened but not browned, about 7 minutes. Add the veal, increase the heat to medium-high, and cook, mashing and breaking the meat up with a fork, until the veal is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the
  • tomato and cook, stirring, until the tomato is thickened and the pan juices are reduced, 5 to 7 minutes. Season the veal mixture with salt and black pepper to taste and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the 2 tablespoons flour and stir for about 30 seconds to blend. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, until the béchamel sauce thickens, 3 to 5 minutes Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste, then stir it into the veal mixture until thoroughly combined. Set the filling aside until cool enough to handle.
  • Stuff the piquillo peppers with the veal mixture; they should be quite full, but don’t let the filling leak out from the ends of the peppers. Arrange the stuffed peppers on a plate, cover them loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until the filling becomes firm, at least 2 hours or up to 24.
  • Spread flour on a large plate, place the eggs in a shallow bowl, and line a baking sheet with paper towels. Pour olive oil to a depth of ½ inch in a large skillet and heat it over medium-high heat until a little beaten egg dropped in it sizzles on contact. Roll a few stuffed peppers in the flour, shaking off the excess, then dip them in the egg, again shaking off the excess. Add the battered peppers to the hot oil and cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried peppers to the paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining stuffed peppers, adjusting the heat so that the oil doesn’t burn. The peppers can be prepared a day ahead up to this point and refrigerated, covered.
  • Make the sauce:
  • Heat the olive oil in a medium-size skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the chopped piquillo peppers and the tomato and cook, stirring, until the tomato is thickened and reduced, about 7 minutes, reducing the heat if necessary. Add the sweet and hot paprikas, stir for a few seconds, then add the wine and the chicken stock. Cook the sauce to reduce it slightly, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cream and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Let the sauce cool for a few minutes, then puree it in a blender until smooth. Scrape the sauce into a bowl, stir in the vinegar to taste and the sugar, and season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. If the sauce seems too thick, dilute it with a little stock or water.
  • To finish preparing the peppers, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Spread half of the tomato sauce in a baking dish that can hold the peppers in one snug layer. Arrange the peppers on top and spread the remaining sauce over them. Bake the peppers and sauce until they are very hot, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Serve garnished with parsley.
  • Serves 8 as a tapa, 4 to 6 as a light main course
  • Frying the piquillo peppers is traditional, but you can omit this step: Brush the stuffed peppers with oil and bake them in the tomato sauce. The recipe can be prepared ahead, in stages. Bake the peppers right before you are ready to serve.
  • While a veal filling is chosen here, the dish is just as often prepared with salt cod or seafood. To make it that way, substitute 12 to 14 ounces seafood (flaked crab, finely chopped shrimp, chopped fresh fish, or a mixture), or presoaked poached, flaked salt cod for the veal. Cook the seafood briefly in the olive oil, then mix with the béchamel as described in Step 2.
  • This recipe comes from The New Spanish Table cookbook

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