Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Shrimp and Wild Mushrooms
Piquillos are slightly sweet and spicy handpicked peppers that are roasted in brick ovens before being peeled and preserved in brine. They're most typically used in Basque cuisine, stuffed with pureed salt cod and served with a rich cream sauce. In the non-Basque parts of Rioja, these delicate peppers are often filled with a creamy-shrimp-and-mushroom stuffing and served with a quick and rustic tomato sauce, The best-quality jarred piquillo peppers are available at most specialty markets. For firmer peppers, look for brands that are packed in only salt and water with no citric acid added to the brine.