My Mom has been making these forever...Since I've moved away, I've adopted a lot of her go to recipes to satisfy cravings of home.
I'm terrible with writing out recipes so I'll just tell you what went into this (BIG) batch and you can half it if you'd like.
~4 - 32oz jars of cherry peppers- I used 3 mild 1 hot and mixed them up
~1lb sharp provalone diced into small chunks
~3 12oz cans of chunk light tuna in water (drained)
~1 small shaker jar of Parmesan cheese
~A few handfuls of breadcrumbs
~1 large bulb garlic diced
~1 large can of black pitted olives, diced (optional)
~Oil to fill the jars, I use vegetable oil but I guess olive oil would be good too
~Container for extra peppers. When you put the stuffed peppers back in the jars, they all won't fit any more, so make sure you have some place to put extras! =0)
Drain the cherry pepper liquid. Reserving at least 1 cup. Dump all the cherry peppers into a bowl.
Wearing a pair of latex gloves (or similar if allergic), cut the top off of each pepper and scoop out the seeds...I use a smaller pair of scissors for this instead of a knife.
Don't throw away all the seeds!! The seeds is where the heat comes from...you don't want to use all of the seeds (though I know some lunatics who might) but save a handful to add to the stuffing after it's mixed, that way you can control how spicy the stuffing is. Put in a little at a time and taste test it.
Mix provolone, tuna, Parmesan, bread crumbs, garlic and olives adding the reserved pepper juice. (It should be kind of like a thick dough consistency)
Pack stuffing down into each pepper and a little on the outside and place them carefully back into the empty jars one at a time so you can fit as many as you can in there. DON'T FORCE THEM! If it doesn't fit, pick another pepper!
After they are all snuggled into their jar, fill the full jar with oil, covering the peppers. There will be left overs! I filled a big gulp sized cup because I had no other containers to use lol If there is any left over stuffing, It wouldn't hurt to eat it straight or on bread like my bf likes it...after all, it is tuna =0)
I've taken this to my favorite bar a few times and people went crazy over them! they are good for cookouts too, just remember that it is tuna and cheese and will need some sort of refrigeration, so don't let them sit out too long! (though I don't think they will...seriously...
people go nuts over these...) One reason why it's better to make up smaller jars, you can refrigerate the others and set one out at a time, just to make sure they don't sit, but I doubt they will!
I hope that all makes sense and I hope you try it and like it!
I can also answer any questions if any of that didn't make sense =0)