stuffed peppers

When my Mom came to visit late last summer she told me about this great stuffed pepper recipe she found. She said her and Dad were skeptical about the recipe at first, but loved it. Although I love peppers I have a hard time with food touching sometimes…you know the mixing of different consistencies…so I wasn’t sure I’d like these, but Mom made the meal for my husband and I and we were instantly hooked!! Since obtaining the recipe from my Mom I’ve made these for a few friends and they’ve requested the recipe too! I apologize I can’t give credit for the recipe to the original provider though, because Mom doesn’t remember where it came from. She did say she lessened the amount of rice by ¼ cup though. The best part about this recipe is it can be customized any way you want by switching up the cheese and meat; you may even want to try another color pepper. I love the taste of the fresh basil mixed in and use more than the recommended amount, however my husband isn’t a fan of basil, so I leave it out of his. :) Enjoy!

stuffed pepper

stuffed pepper

Ingredients:

stuffed pepper ingredients

stuffed pepper ingredients

6 Red Bell Peppers
1 ¾ Cups Instant Whole Grain Brown Rice
16 oz Turkey or Chicken Sausage
4 Roma Tomatoes, Diced
1 ½ Cups Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth
4 oz Smoked Gouda, Shredded (Gruyere or any other smoked cheese works great too)
3 TBSP Fresh Basil, Chopped *Optional

Instructions:

Remove rind from cheese, cut off 4 oz block and shred. Store in fridge until ready for use.

stuffed peppers - shredding the cheese

stuffed peppers – shredding the cheese

Dice tomatoes in a way that avoids using the seeds. Set aside until ready for use.

stuffed peppers - dicing the tomatoes

stuffed peppers – dicing the tomatoes

Rinse fresh basil under water, pat dry and chop. Set aside until ready for use.

stuffed peppers - chopping the basil

stuffed peppers – chopping the basil

Remove stems and seeds from peppers, cutting off the tops and rinsing thoroughly with water.

stuffed peppers - cutting the tops off the peppers

stuffed peppers – cutting the tops off the peppers

Fill a microwave safe dish (like CorningWare) 1/3 of the way with water and submerge tops of peppers.

Place dish in microwave and cook on high 3 to 4 minutes. Rotate dish 180 degrees and microwave an additional 3 to 4 minutes. **NOTE: I like my peppers to be slightly firm once cooked, so I usually heat a total of 6 to 6 & 1/2 minutes. Depending upon the number of peppers in the dish and the desired consistency of the peppers, cooking time will vary**

stuffed peppers - cooking the peppers

stuffed peppers – cooking the peppers

Remove sausage from casing and brown in saucepan.

Discard drippings and strain cooked sausage under water to remove excess fat, if needed. **NOTE: Depending upon the turkey or chicken sausage used, it is so low in fat that rinsing the sausage is not necessary**

stuffed peppers - browning the sausage

stuffed peppers – browning the sausage

Add rice, diced tomatoes and broth to saucepan with sausage, mixing to combine. Cook over medium to medium-high heat until mixture boils. Stir and cover.

stuffed peppers - adding the tomatoes, rice and broth

stuffed peppers – adding the tomatoes, rice and broth

Turn temperature to 2 or 3 and simmer 5 minutes.

Remove saucepan from heat and let stand until rice fully absorbs broth, about 10 minutes.

stuffed peppers - cooked sausage mixture

stuffed peppers – cooked sausage mixture

Preheat oven to Broil.

Add ½ the shredded cheese and all the fresh basil (if using) to mixture and stir well to combine.

stuffed peppers - adding the cheese and basil

stuffed peppers – adding the cheese and basil

Using a spoon, stuff peppers with sausage mixture and top with remaining cheese, distributing evenly across 6 peppers.

stuffed peppers - stuffing the peppers

stuffed peppers – stuffing the peppers

Broil peppers 2 to 4 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

stuffed peppers - broiled

stuffed peppers – broiled

Yields 6 Servings
Weight Watchers: 1 pepper = 8 points plus

One thought on “stuffed peppers

  1. This looks yummy! I love stuffed peppers (although I don’t eat the actual pepper part!). This is totally something I could make. I will have to try this sometime. Thanks for another great recipe!

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