Pipérade is a quintessential Basque dish, originating in the far-most southwest of France, on the border with Spain, below the Atlantic Pyrenees. It combines the traditional regional ingredients with a little quandary. Is it a side dish, or a meal on its own?
Absolutely, the recipe holds true to the region, using produce that was available at the time ~ bell peppers, tomatoes and onions. The addition of garlic, eggs, ham, prosciutto, chicken or seafood makes it a more substantial dish. If you want a little bite, add a pinch or two of paprika.