Monday, January 07, 2013

Greek Turkey- Stuffed Peppers

I have made stuffed pepper before, but never have I made any that tasted as flavorful and delicious as these! We had about a lot of peppers to use up at home, and coincidentally this recipe was featured in the food network magazine. It was in the "weekend" section of the magazine- which apparently means it takes hours to prepare!! Chopping a million ingredients and simmering something for an hour on the stove..before putting it in the oven. That is just not my style. So I switched things up, and the recipe still turned out great. My mom was a sous-chef and she helped with a lot of the prep work. We also had leftover rice which was convenient and speeded things up. The fresh herbs in this really make the dish, so don't settle for dried herbs.  I had leftovers in my lunch today..yumm!!

- 1 1/2 cups short grain brown rice
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup fresh dill
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 4 green onions
- 6 medium bell peppers
- 8 ounces lean ground turkey
- about 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar (recipe called for 2 but I lightened it up)
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 cloves fresh garlic
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- salt, freshly ground pepper

- Combine 2 1/2 cups water, rice, and cranberries in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce, cover and let simmer 45 minutes. Fluff with a fork and then transfer to a bowl and let cool about 20 minutes. As I said, we used leftover rice.
- Cook turkey in a pan about 8 minutes, until no longer pink and cooked through
- Add turkey to rice, and add in walnuts, the green onions, garlic, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper and half the herbs and half the cheese- At this point it looked like this:
- Meanwhile, let the peppers cook at 350 in the oven (If you prefer them more tender then boil them in a  large pot of water for a few minutes)
- Stuff the peppers with turkey/rice/herb mixture, and bake for 15 minutes at 350. Put oven on broil, add cheese and herbs and cook for an addition few minutes until cheese is nice and melted.

They taste really good, and also look cute. Could be a nice idea to serve for dinner guests.

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