Sunday, October 3, 2010
Stuffed Red Bell Pepper
During my childhood my parents always had a prolific garden each summer with an abundance of cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, and bell peppers. One of my favorites dishes of my mom's each summer was baked stuffed bell peppers. While we do have a small garden of our own with some bell peppers now, it doesn't include my favorite variety--red bell peppers. However, I found a good sale on them recently so I pulled out the Stuffed Red Bell Pepper recipe which I've frequently used. I cooked about 1 lb. of ground turkey with one large diced onion, and the remaining portion of the pepper tops diced. I then added 2 T. ketchup, 2 t. Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 t. oregano, 1/2 beef stock, and 1 c. cooked rice (I used brown rice). The mixture was then stuffed into 4 large red bell peppers, and cooked for 7 hours on low in the slow cooker. I then garnished the pepper with chopped fresh basil and freshly grated Parmesan. This recipe produces a low fat yet very pleasing dinner without much effort.