Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Turkey and Wild Rice

I love these stuffed pepper! It's a great and tasty way to use a package of lean ground turkey. Anything stuffed into a bell pepper is just good. My favorite bell peppers are the orange ones. I like the subtle sweet flavor they have once they're baked. If you want to make this recipe super healthy, just leave out the cheese. Either way, this a great meal for any night of the week.

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Turkey and Wild Rice
1 box brown and wild rice mix, cooked with herb packet
6 large bell peppers
   Tomato sauce - enough to cover the bottom of a casserole dish
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cup chopped onion 
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
3 garlic cloves
7 mushrooms, finely diced
   Pinch crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon oregano 
1 teaspoon basil
1 can diced tomatoes 
   Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 cup Parmesan
   Shredded mozzarella for topping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Blanch for 3 minutes. Pat dry and place in a casserole dish - the bottom of the dish should be covered with a thin layer of tomato sauce.
In a pan, add olive oil and saute the onions and 1/2 chopped bell pepper until soft (5-7 minutes). Add minced garlic and mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Add the ground turkey and spices and cook until the turkey is no longer pink.
In a large bowl, combine the cooked ground turkey, cooked wild rice, diced tomatoes and Parmesan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Scoop mixture into each bell pepper half. Top with a scoop of tomato sauce and grated mozzarella cheese.
Bake, loosely covered, for 30 minutes. 


a lucky mom said...

Dang they were good. What do you create that isn't?

Bake-A-Holic said...

I really like these too! I'm going to make mini ones using baby bell peppers for Indie's B-Day party.

Melanie said...

quick question for you...i'm making these tomorrow night for our Project Runway dinner group and I am just wondering on the tomato sauce what kind/brand you use. I feel like that makes a HUGE difference! I am excited to try these. Yums...


Bake-A-Holic said...

HI Melanie. Hope this gets to you before you do your shopping!

I use Heinz and I've done the sauce two ways.

Plain tomato sauce- I add Italian seasonings, garlic powder and a pinch of cayenne. or

Canned petite diced tomatoes (for texture) with the same seasonings and spices.

Hope that helps!

Unknown said...

I made this with half ground turkey half sweet Italian chicken sausage. They are great both ways.
Your precooked rice pilaf with the seasoning packet gives this dish such a richer flavor than just throwing in the precooked plain white rice like I always have done. Excellent dish! Thank you.


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