About two weeks ago I was outside picking the beautiful Cherry Bomb peppers in my garden, and I remembered the wonderful stuffed jalapeno peppers that my Aunt Scotty used to make. She stuffed them with tuna and packed them into jars, along with cracked crab legs and bottled Italian dressing. They were delicious. I immediately decided to stuff my peppers with tuna, minus the crab legs.
I quickly discovered that the Cherry Bomb peppers were quite potent, as I cleaned the seeds out of them. The fumes were so intense, I was bent over gasping for breathe, with tears running down my face. I tasted a tiny sliver of a pepper and yelled YOWZA! These would be interesting stuffed peppers.
After the three days were up, I drained the vinegar off and reserved it in a jar to use for other purposes, such as sprinkling over cooked beans. I stuffed the peppers with Italian tuna and put them into a nice jar resting on top of some sliced onions. I should add that this was approximately one week into my Vegan For Two Weeks Diet. After stuffing the peppers, around three tablespoons of tuna were left in the can...so, I ate it. I gave one tablespoon to Upsie and I had the other two. It was fabulous! Yes, I lapsed over some tuna, but I went back to eating vegan. Well, there was also the scone I ate later into the second week (more about that some other time).
Then I covered the peppers with extra virgin olive oil and put the jar in the fridge to marinate for three weeks, the time period that produces the best results. Well, that was my intent. The jar was all too visible every time I got things from the fridge. It was almost taunting me.
They never made it to the requisite three week period. Last Friday my two week vegan diet ended and I decided that the peppers had marinated long enough. One week was certainly enough time. I opened the jar and fished out two peppers to eat with some crusty bread. They were tart from the vinegar...and HOT!!! Next time I'll use a less fiery pepper. The tuna was wonderful. The whole jar was gone in three hours.