Stuffed Bell Peppers

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When I bought the large container of green peppers from the farmers market, I had no idea what I was going to do with all of them. So I asked on the message board where I spend quite a bit of time and I was given the ever obvious answer of stuffed peppers. I have no idea why I didn't think of that.

When I was a kid, about 8 or so, my dad made stuffed peppers. I thought they were absolutely disgusting and I just ate the filling. I was curious to see if my tasted had changed.

Stuffed Bell Peppers
Source: A Cookaholic Wife Creation
Servings: 4-6
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Ingredients:
    • 4-6 green bell peppers
    • 1/2 lb. ground turkey
    • 1/2 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
    • 5 oz. mushrooms, diced
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 tbs. olive oil 
    • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • salt and pepper
    • hot sauce (optional)
Directions:
1. Cut the tops of the green peppers off and remove the seeds. Rinse out the peppers and pat dry with a paper towel.
2. Preheat the oven to 350. Cook the rice according to package directions, using the chicken broth instead of water. Once cooked, fluff the rice and set aside.
3. In a medium skillet over medium heat add the ground turkey. Once the turkey is cooked through, drain any grease. Add the olive oil, canned tomatoes, mushrooms, onion and garlic. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
4. Add the rice to the skillet and cook for 1 minute more until everything is combined. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Place the peppers in baking dish and fill with the rice mixture. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top of each pepper and place the top of the pepper over it.
6. Bake for 45 minutes and then remove the top of the pepper. Bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.

I am proud to say that I now like stuffed peppers. Since I didn't add a lot of salt and pepper to the mixture, a little bit of hot sauce went a long way to give these a ton of flavor. I'm planning on making these again and trying out different vegetables to stuff inside.

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