Packed peppers

18 Jan

Christopher requested stuffed green peppers for dinner this week, so I whipped up my usual recipe, taking care to jot everything down so I could share it with you all.

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Here’s the recipe:

2 green peppers, tops cut off, seeds and ribs removed

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 pound ground turkey

1/2 cup finely diced onions

1-2 cloves garlic

3/4 cup cooked brown rice (or wheat berries, barley or other small grain)

1/2 tomato sauce (or jarred spaghetti sauce or marinara)

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon parsley

1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1-2 ounces mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring large pot of water to boil.

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Clean peppers, blanch in boiling water for 1 minute and then plunge into cold water. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet, add turkey and cook until almost opaque. Add onions and garlic and cook until veggies are translucent and meat is done.

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Move mixture to bowl (or keep in pan, without heat under it) and mix in rice, half the tomato sauce, parmesan cheese and spices. Distribute stuffing evenly among peppers.

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Place in oven-safe baking dish. Spoon other half of the tomato sauce over stuffed peppers, cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes.

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Remove from oven, top with cheese and bake a few more minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly on top.

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This dish is so simple and so fast; it makes a great busy-weeknight meal. The peppers are tender but crisp. The stuffing is meaty and classically flavored. And the gooey cheese on top makes it all worth it.

We got a bunch of snow and ice last night here along the lakeshore. Most area schools were closed today—including the one that houses my office—so I had my first snow day in years! I filled my unexpected day off with a couple errands, kitchen adventures and laundry… It never fails: my days off are super packed full of stuff that I otherwise would put off, like trying a new baking recipe, painting my nails, balancing my checkbook, etc.

How do you spend your days off?

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5 Responses to “Packed peppers”

  1. andionthego January 19, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    ooh, yay for a snow day! sadly, hospitals don’t close (although I keep hoping I’ll get a snow day eventually ;)). glad you were able to have a productive day. ❤

    • kaylabee18 January 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

      I haven’t had a snow day in, like, forever, so it was nice. 🙂 Miss you!

    • kaylabee18 January 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

      I haven’t had a snow day in, like, forever, so it was nice. 🙂 Miss you!

  2. Amy January 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    These look great but I have a serious question: how do you eat them? Do you eat the stuffing out and then eat the shell? Cut into the shell? I am so clueless–I would love to make something like this but the eating part stops me, haha.

    • kaylabee18 January 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      Good question! You could do either one, but I prefer to cut the whole thing apart into bite-sized pieces and have a bit of stuffing with a bit of green pepper in every forkful. 🙂

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