Monday, 28 June 2010

Life's NOT too short to stuff a pepper..!

At this time of year, I love easy dishes that feel summery and evoke the expansive spirit of barbecues and food al fresco, without all the smoke and soot midweek.  This is very simple, but still very summery. These also reheat very well the next day, should you have any left over (I find that adults usually eat two as a main meal and that children only eat one).  Enjoy them with rice, or salad, or both... it's your call.  Some of you may like a little dollop of soured cream; a blob of guacamole or a dab of houmous to go with.

Meaty Stuffed Peppers

These work equally well with minced lamb, though I replace the kidney beans with chickpeas, lose the oregano and add a teaspoonful of dried cumin for this variation.

2 red peppers
2 yellow peppers
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced
250g minced beef (and see above)
2 tbsp tomato purée
400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 balls mozzarella, each sliced into 4

Trim the stems of the peppers, then halve them through the remaining stem. Scoop out the seeds and cores and lay, cut-side up in a roasting tin.  Set aside.

Heat a little oil in a large frying pan and soften the onion with the oregano.  Stir in the garlic.  Add the mince and brown it well, before mixing in the tomato purée and stirring the kidney beans through the pan.  Season to taste.  Pile this mixture into the pepper halves, then top each with a slice of mozzarella.  Bake at 180°c for 20-25 minutes until the peppers are tender and the cheese is melted and toasty.  Use a spatula to lift them onto a big plate and serve nicely warm, rather than piping hot. Add some nice bread to mop up the juices, and you're good to go!
Cath xx

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this recipe which I look forward to trying!. I have always had an aversion to stuffed peppers after being required to make them for our church area baking competition and the set recipe failing miserably for just about all the entrants. However, this recipe looks much more yummy!.
Thanks again


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