RECIPE

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

You can stuff peppers with meat and cheese, but I also like to make this simple vegetarian version stuffed with flavored rice. –RR


For a complete meal, serve with Wild Mushroom Quesadillas with Warm Black Bean Salsa and Fresh Strawberry Marg-alrightas.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 long mild red or green chile peppers (cubanelle Italian peppers may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup mild or medium prepared taco sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves or flat leaf parsley, for garnish

Preparation

Pre-heat a grill pan over high heat.

Bring 2 cups vegetable broth and butter to a boil in a small, covered pot. Add rice, reduce heat to low and cook for 18-20 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Split peppers lengthwise and remove seeds, leaving stems intact. Grill peppers on hot grill pan for 3-5 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and let cool enough to handle.

To a medium skillet over moderate heat, add one turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon, and onion. Sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes. Add cooked rice to the pan and stir in peas and taco sauce. Season rice with salt and pepper.

Load up pepper halves with seasoned rice. Top rice-filled peppers with scallions and chopped cilantro or parsley.

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