Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers




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Healthy Vegetarian stuffed bell peppers

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers is a vegetarian dish packed with the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean and tons of healthy protein ~ you’ll never dream Meatless Monday again!

Vegetarian stuffed peppers

I can’t get seem to get enough of bell peppers these days, I could eat them for every meal.  I found some gorgeous ones at the farmers market the other day and I wanted to honor them with an equally vibrant stuffing.  I settled on a Mediterranean theme, and went straight for my kitchen cabinets.  I grabbed some of my favorite flavor powerhouses — Kalamta olives, sun dried tomatoes, walnuts, Parmesan crisps, and some good fruity olive oil.  Right above my sink on the windowsill I have fresh rosemary and thyme sitting in little drinking glasses…they’re the only herbs I can keep alive for any length of time, so I use them a lot.

Colorful bell peppers ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

These aren’t your grandmother’s stuffed peppers — not that I have anything against them, I’m an equal opportunity stuffed pepper lover, but mine are a little different.  For one thing nothing needs to be cooked, or cooked to death, beforehand.  I blitzed my stuffing ingredients in the food processor and stuff it right into the peppers…depending on their shape I either leave them upright, or slice them in half and lay them on their sides in a large casserole dish.  It became a mosaic puzzle of bright peppers wedged in just so.  I added a little bit of water to the bottom of the pan, covered loosely in foil, and baked for about 30 minutes, just enough to heat everything through and take the crunch out of the peppers.   When they emerged from the oven I topped them with a little goat cheese and some fresh herbs.

Healthy Vegetarian stuffed bell peppers

What surprised me was that the mixture turned out to be sort of reminiscent of a meat filling.  I think it must be the richness of the ingredients and the way they blended with the crumbs and nuts to give that unique type of texture.  It was interesting, even though I didn’t intend it.

Colorful Stuffed Bell Peppers

These works as a side dish or a light vegetarian meal.  They keep well, and reheated perfectly in the microwave the next day.   The recipe is nice because you don’t have to cook anything in advance, the stuffing just gets mixed and spooned right into the peppers.  The entire dish has a vividness of color and texture that you don’t usually see in classic stuffed peppers.  Most if not all of the ingredients are pantry staples so you can enjoy these on the spur of the moment, on a day when you happen to see a beautiful assortment of peppers.

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers
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Yield: makes about 13-15 small stuffed peppers and pepper halves

Ingredients

  • Colorful small to medium sized bell peppers (allow 1 to 2 per serving)
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 cup seasoned crouton crumbs (I used Parmesan crisps that I processed into crumbs)
  • 1 cup walnuts (or pine nuts)
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) sun dried tomatoes, the kind in oil
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 heaping Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, minced
  • 1 heaping Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
    garnish
  • crumbled goat cheese
  • fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. set the oven to 350F
  2. Wash the peppers and trim the stem tops off. For flat shaped peppers I cut them in half lengthwise. Clean out the insides and then fit the peppers snugly into a casserole dish. If any of them don't stand straight you can carefully cut a bit off the bottom where it's uneven.
  3. Put the crumbs in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Peel and cut the onion into quarters. Pulse it in the food processor to finely mince. Remove to the bowl with the crumbs. Do the same with the walnuts, olives, and tomatoes, and add to the mixing bowl.
  5. Toss everything in the bowl with the butter, cheese, and herbs. and mix until well combined.
  6. Stuff each pepper with the mixture, and then add about 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the casserole. Cover loosely with foil and cook for about 30-40 minutes, just until the peppers are beginning to soften and everything is heated through. You can cook them a little longer if you like your peppers softer. I prefer them on the firm side. Your cooking time is going to depend on the size of your particular peppers, mine were fairly small.
  7. Garnish with the goat cheese and rosemary, and enjoy!

notes:

  • This recipe is for small to medium sized peppers, not the giant specimens you sometimes find at the supermarket.  The filling is rich and these are meant to be tapas sized portions.
  • If you like some charring on your peppers, you can do this before stuffing, by holding them with tongs over the flame on your stove top, put them on a very hot grill pan for a few minutes, or use a kitchen torch.  I used my small kitchen torch and blasted them for a few seconds after they came out of the oven.
  • For a vegan option, use olive oil instead of butter and vegan cheeses.

healthy Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers

 

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19 Comments

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    vivian
    September 4, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    What a great recipe! This is very creative and delicious, and not hard to put together. The goat cheese on top really finishes it off beautifully. Our grocery store sometimes sells very tiny peppers and this stuffing wold make a great appetizer with them. I bet it would also be good for stuffed mushrooms. Thanks or a fabulous recipe!

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    Kate
    September 18, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    These look so yummy, what a great combination of flavors!! I finally have peppers that are ready to eat from the garden so I’ll give it a try!

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      Sue
      September 20, 2015 at 7:31 am

      I adore stuffed peppers, especially at the end of the summer when there’s a bit of fall in the air, but still lots of peppers left on the vine!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
    September 7, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I have been meaning to make stuffed peppers for the longest time, but have never got around to it. Need to try this sometime!

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    Chris Scheuer
    September 3, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    What a unique and delicious sound twist on everyday stuffed peppers. They’re beautiful and so… enticing!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    September 3, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I love stuffed peppers and all these colors are so enticing! Great weeknight meal idea :).

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    September 3, 2015 at 6:36 am

    These are gorgeous (as is all of your food)! I too love colorful peppers and mixed together like this is not only a feast for the eyes but makes dinner so much more exciting! I love the stuffing and feel it would be a great satisfying meal all by themselves. YUM!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    September 3, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Loving all the pepper colours (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a purple one here!). This sounds delicious :)

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    Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    September 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Wow! These really jump out at you! What a gorgeous post! I would enjoy having these to eat for lunch every day! So full of flavor. I love peppers when they are fresh, because they smell so good!

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness
    September 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    The peppers look beautiful, I love the colors. The stuffing sounds delicious. Great recipe.

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    September 2, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I need to make these my husband loves stuffed peppers and would just drool over these!

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    Belladonna
    September 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    oh my goodness, those peppers are SO pretty! Stuffed peppers were always one of my mother’s favorites that I hated as a child. After she passed away I started craving them, and this twist looks delicious!

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      Sue
      September 2, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Belladonna – glad I could stir up a craving!

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    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    September 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I simply just adore those colourful bell peppers. And you just can’t beat the mediterranean flavour.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    September 2, 2015 at 10:54 am

    My husband loves peppers and I love this stuffing so I am sure we will both love it! This is perfect for a meatless Monday meal and so pretty too, the colors are great. Great recipe Sue!

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    PurpleQueen
    September 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Wow! Sue, these stuffed peppers look amazing! So colorful and appetizing. My go to recipe is a filling of ground chicken,onion, smoked mozzeralla, orzo pasta, and Pomi strained tomatos. I season with salt, pepper, and basil, of course. I am always looking for a new version of stuffed peppers; so I plan to make these soon. Thanks for another great post!

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      Sue
      September 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Oooh I like your recipe, especially the smoked mozzarella…I think stuffed peppers are the best comfort food!

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    John@Kitchen+Riffs
    September 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

    LOVE all the different colors of bell peppers you’ve assembled! And really love the recipe, too — such a great combo of flavors. You’ve outdone yourself — thanks.

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      Sue
      September 2, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Thanks John, I held up the line for sure while I was hunting for the best colors ;)

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