Monday, October 25, 2010

"Italian Style" Stuffed Green Peppers a how-to



Italian Style Stuffed Green Peppers:

This is a flexible recipe that you may like to try!
It makes 4 servings but can be multiplied as you like.
Great as a hearty "tapas" hors d'oeuvre with wine or as a main dish served with pasta and sauce or rice!

Start with 2 large green peppers (or red peppers for more flavor).
Stem them and hollow out the seeds, etc.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Take 4 slices of bread, and lay them on a flat baking sheet, adding a dusting of garlic and onion powder and a little oil if you like.

Also, season your pancetta on another cookie or baking sheet with:
 1tsp each oregano, garlic, onion powder, & paprika
 1/2 tsp black pepper and a dusting of cayenne pepper

They should both be baked about 10-15 mins, turning the toast over halfway through.
When done the toast will be toasted through and only just golden brown, and the pancetta will be well crisped.

While waiting:
Chop a small or medium-sized tomato into 1 inch pieces
Chop 2-3 green onions or a medium sized white or red onion

When the toast and pancetta are done, reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees.
 Cut the bread slices into 1/2 inch crouton squares.
In a medium bowl add the croutons, pancetta, (leaving any extra oil), tomato (with plenty of the juice), and onion.
Add:
2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup red or white wine
only enough water to combine (2-3 Tbsp)
1 egg
Mix well.

Spoon into your pepper "shells" evenly distributing the mixture.
This is Taleggio cheese:
It has a semi-soft texture and full flavor and a salty bite. You won't really need to add salt in this recipe.
Cut the skin off the side and slice lengthwise. Then cut it into chunks and add to the top of your stuffed peppers. You can also use shredded mozzarella just as well. Taleggio has a stronger flavor.
Bake on a flat baking sheet for 30-40 mins, when done, the cheese will be melted but not browned, and the mixture will be solid when you cut through.


Open a chianti, sangria, or cabernet sauvignon and enjoy!
Bon Appetit!

1 comment:

Deelish! said...

You may also add 1 cup of cooked ground meat such as beef, turkey, or chicken. Or for the vegetarian family, some nice cooked red beans or lentils.Just remember to add an extra egg and slice of bread for each 1cup meat/bean filling!