Thursday 29th June 2017

Stuffed Red Peppers

Today on Neon Cactus we have Anna Hedworth from Newcastle upon Tyne, in the beautiful North East of England. She cooks for herself, family and friends. The Grazer came into being in early 2011. Prior to that her food life was recorded in various notebooks scattered around the house… It now lives online as a place to document and share recipes, thoughts and experiences with friends and the wider world. Below find one of her recipes that she has shared with us:

Last Sunday I decided to make Turkish Stuffed Peppers full of herby spiced rice, pine nuts and raisins and some buttery couscous with toasted almonds. The peppers were pretty simple to make, but so full of flavour and not 70s dinner party at all…

This will make 6 stuffed peppers. Start with the filling by slowly frying a large chopped onion in 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, until it is soft. Then add 250g of risotto rice, I used arborio, and stir until it is coated with oil and turning translucent. Add 450ml of water, some salt and pepper and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Stir this well and then simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed, but the rice is still slightly undercooked.
When it is ready stir in 3 tablespoons of pine nuts, 3 tablespoons of raisins, 1 large tomato chopped into pieces, a handful of chopped mint, a handful of chopped dill, a handful of chopped parsley, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, half a teaspoon of ground allspice, the juice of a lemon and 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. You can see where all the flavour comes from with this lot all hanging out together.
Now take 6 red peppers and cut a circle round the top to remove the lid and scoop out any seeds from inside. Fill the insides of the peppers with the rice mixture and pop the lids back on. Arrange them in a baking tray side by side, I had to slice a little bit off the bottom of some of the peppers to keep them steady. Pour about 1cm of water into the bottom of the tray and bake in the oven at 190°C for 50 minutes. Be careful when you take them out that the peppers don’t fall apart, be very gentle…
They are lovely warm, allow them to cool a little before serving, they are also good cold with a salad and some yoghurt. The warm spices and fresh herbs are delicious with little bursts of sweet raisins and creamy pine nuts all in a sweet roasted red pepper. I’ve just had a little one for lunch that was leftover – I’m glad I made too many.
[For more of Anna's recipes go The Grazer ]

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