Sunday, July 10, 2011

Meat Stuffed Hungarian Sweet Peppers

I love when the first Hungarian sweet peppers arrive at the Farmer's Market.  They're a delicate pepper that tastes great in a salad or simply raw. 

But my hands-down favorite preperation is to stuff them...with veggies...or chicken...or chicken & veggies...  But last night Hubbers wanted something with ground meat and I just couldn't take another hamburger (I need a break after all the 4th of July BBQs last weekend!)  So this tasty variation of the stuffed sweet pepper was born.

Meat Stuffed Hungarian Sweet Peppers

1 pound ground meat
5 Hungarian sweet peppers
1 red onion, diced
5-6 mushrooms, diced (I used baby bellas, but buttons are just as tasty here)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 oz cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 cup grated fiesta cheese (or colby jack...or monteray jack...or pepperjack...or lumberjack)
2 tablespoons Worsteshire sauce
5-6 dashes tabasco sauce (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 tablespoon breadcrumbs (or cracker crumbs)
1 tablespoon olive oil

1 - Slice peppers in half longways and remove seeds & membranes
2 - Dice one pepper half and set the other 9 halves aside to be stuffed
3 - Heat olive oil over medium-high heat
4 - Add ground meat and cook until meat is starting to brown
5 - Add onions, mushrooms, and diced pepper half and cook for 2 minutes
6 - Add garlic, Worstechershire sauce, tabasco and red pepper flakes and continue to cook until veggies are soft and onions are translucent (about 5-7 minutes)
7 - Add cream cheese and mix thoroughly to combine
8 - Turn off the heat
9 - Add parmesan cheese and stir to combine
10 - Add shredded jack cheese of choice and stir to combine
11 - Stuff each pepper half with approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of stuffing (obviously this will vary by pepper)
12 - Sprinkle each pepper lightly with bread crumbs
12 - Grill the peppers over a medium flame until the peppers are browned (about 5-7 minutes)

They're pretty hearty (and cheesy) but such a nice alternative to another burger :) 

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Marda said...

hmmmmmmmmm yummy....


Kristin said...

Oh yum, this looks delicious
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Alicia said...

OOH! Those look delicious! My mom has an overabundance of banana peppers this year. I wonder how they would taste stuffed? I may have to try it!


Alyssa said...

Oh YUM! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing!


shopannies said...

very cute and love the way the peppers wer cut allowing them to be laid down much better than stuffed whole peppers in my opinion come see me at

Baye said...

These look so good! Can't wait to give this a try--maybe tonight!


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