The tantalizing roasted pepper aromas wafting out of the kitchen this week were inspired by a SW Stuffed Pepper recipe I found at my SRC assigned blog, Mostly Food and Crafts (link). That site is bursting with recipes, craft ideas, kid projects and a gazillion linky party connections. Wow, Danielle is one busy blogger keeping up with all of that and two active children.
The Secret Recipe Club assigns its members a new blog to explore each month, and I explored the MostlyFood archives like crazy, mentally tasting and bookmarking some interesting recipes to try soon. Michelada? Eggs in
My basic stuffing ingredients included: quinoa cooked with a package of frozen spinach, crumbled and cooked chorizo sausage, defrosted frozen corn, pepper jack cheese, cumin, green onions, peppers/chilies plus salt and pepper that are not pictured. Next time I might add a drizzle or two of cream to bind the mixture together. (Note: I did not precook the corn or reheat the filling mixture. Three minutes in the microwave and quick hit under the broiler heated the pepper shell and the stuffing quite nicely.)
Method 1: Cut a red pepper in half, remove the seeds and veins and fill loosely with some stuffing mixture. Place in an oven and microwave-proof dish, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and cook in the micro for 3 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap, sprinkle with additional shredded cheese, and place under a preheated broiler until the cheese bubbles. Serve warm with salsa and sour cream or Greek yogurt.
Method 2: Broil a poblano pepper until blistered on all sides. Let cool until you can handle it and peel away the blistered skin. Carefully slit the body in a T-cut, remove seeds and inner veins and fill loosely with some stuffing mixture. Place in an oven and microwave-proof dish, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and cook in the micro for 3 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap, sprinkle with additional shredded cheese, and place under a preheated broiler until the cheese bubbles. Serve warm with salsa and sour cream or Greek yogurt.
Now how easy is that?!? The peppers/chilies and filling are tender, moist and oh! so flavorful. Poblanos can be a bit "peppy", so if you are not overly fond of chili heat I'd omit any jalapeno or use a few canned peppers . Or you could just add more sour cream topping to your serving; dairy is reputed to moderate the chili heat. The jalapeno seemed less assertive in the sweet bell pepper shell, but it still had a noticeable bite to it. Still too peppy sounding for your taste? Skip the jalapeños and substitute plain jack cheese for the pepper jack. Prefer a meatless version? Substitute mushrooms or black beans for the sausage.
|Photo: Before and after the finishing broil.|
|Photo: Stuffed peppers waiting for salsa & sour cream|
Recipe found at MostlyFoodsandCrafts, with my changes in red
1 cup rice (quinoa)
1 package frozen spinach (or use fresh kale or chard)
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 scallions, sliced thin, with white and green parts separated
1/2 pound ground beef (Falls brand chorizo links)
1 cup frozen corn
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chilies (2 fresh jalapeños)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (WSU Crimson Fire pepper jack)
kosher salt and black pepper
4 large bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed (red bell pepper and poblano chili)
1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream
salsa, for serving
- Prepare your rice according to the package directions. When you are ready to start assembling heat oven to 375° F.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites and ground beef. Cook, breaking the beef up, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the corn, chilies, cumin, cooked rice, ½ cup of the Monterey Jack, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
- Place the bell peppers, cut-side up, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or on a pan. Divide the beef and rice mixture evenly among the bell peppers, add ½ cup water to the dish, tightly cover the dish with foil, and bake until the bell peppers are soft, 30 to 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup of Monterey Jack cheese, and bake until browned, 5 to 7 minutes more.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and ¼ cup water. Drizzle over the bell peppers and top with the salsa and the greens from the scallions.