Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Stuffed Red Peppers

I spent this past Saturday evening with some girlfriends while our husbands were out of town on a bachelor weekend. We decided to get together to eat & have some wine, with the intent that dinner be Italian style.

I brought two dishes - Stuffed Red Peppers and Panna Cotta with a Blackberry Zinfandel Compote. I'll share the Panna Cotta recipe tomorrow, but following is the Stuffed Red Peppers - these were a hit!

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  • 3 large red bell pepper, halved lengthwise
  • 2 small yellow squash - peeled and chopped with end discarded
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 ounces Italian bread
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled plum tomato
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 375°.

Discard seeds and membranes from bell pepper.

Finely chop pulp from squash; set aside.

Place bell pepper halves cut sides up, in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Coat shells with cooking spray.

Place bread in a food processor (I used my blender since I don't have a food processor); pulse 10 times or until crumbs measure 1 1/2 cups.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chopped pulp and garlic; cook 4 minutes or until moisture evaporates, stirring frequently. Add tomato; cook 2 minutes or until tomato begins to soften, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and transfer into medium mixing bowl.

Stir in the breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup cheese, parsley, black pepper, and salt.

Divide mixture evenly among prepared bell pepper halves; sprinkle evenly with 1/4 cup cheese. Cover pan with foil, and bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until shells are tender.

Preheat broiler.

Remove foil; broil 4 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.

Hope you'll enjoy! This was perfectly healthy & very filling.


Anonymous said...

yummy those look really good!!!!

Emily said...

Yum! I wish I could be 1% of the cook you are. Cooking completely baffles me.

Simply Me said...

I'm loving this recipe.. I've done it once myself but I'll try this as well. Love your blog! New follower!

Whitney said...

Those look awesome!