I had a special request from my police officer this week for stuffed peppers.
As soon as he mentioned them, my mind stared spinning and it was reeling with ideas! I had thoughts of orzo and quinoa and couscous! I had daydreams about feta and asiago and bleu.
Yes, I said bleu.
Close your eyes. (Well, keep them open to keep reading this. Just pretend.)
Picture me with a thought bubble above my head with grains and cheeses floating around. Got it?
Okay, now picture my police officer walking over and popping that bubble with a giant pin.
Yep. That’s what happened.
He told me ‘no weird stuff.’ At first, I was going to protest, then I thought twice. He was the one the requested them, so I should probably make them with things that he would consider eating.
Waved the white flag.
Only this one time, though.
Turkey Stuffed Green Peppers
adapted from Betty Crocker
5-6 (depending on the size) large bell peppers, any color
1 pound ground turkey
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cut stem out of pepper and cut thin slice off of the top of the pepper. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse peppers. In a Dutch oven, fill with enough water to cover peppers and bring to a boil. Add peppers and cook about 5 minutes and drain.
In large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until turkey is brown; drain. Stir in rice, salt, garlic, and 1 cup of the tomato sauce. Cook until hot.
Stuff peppers with turkey mixture. Stand peppers upright in an 8-inch square baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over the peppers.
Cover tightly with foil and bake 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and bake an additional 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
My officer better watch out. I don’t surrender very often. The next time stuffed peppers are made in this house, they will be made with ‘weird stuff.’
P.S. Weird = Delicious.