Cheesy Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Scatter over torn basil leaves and serve with crusty bread.

Ingredients


  • 4 red, orange or yellow peppers
  • 150 g cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (finely sliced)
  • 1 tblsp capers
  • 12 black olives (pitted)
  • 2 pieces parma ham, torn
  • small handful fresh basil
  • 1 ball buffalo mozzarella
  • olive oil
  • 1 tblsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Method

  1. Slice the peppers lengthways and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle the hollow pepper with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix together the tomatoes, garlic, Parma ham, garlic and capers. Drizzle over the red wine vinegar and a little olive oil oil. Season well.
  3. Fill the peppers with this mixture and top with torn pieces of buffalo mozzarella.
  4. Cover with foil and bake at 200°C for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the foil and place under the grill to brown slightly.
  6. Scatter over torn basil leaves and serve with crusty bread.
  7. Top Tips with Peppers
  8. Slice the four walls off the pepper and use these instead of a slice of bread. Pile high with tuna or hummous, low fat cream cheese and chives.
  9. Finely slice peppers into green salads for extra crunch and sweetness.
  10. Use all three colours of pepper strips in stir fries.
  11. Finely slice peppers and spring onion into tuna mayo mix for sandwiches and wraps for school or work lunch boxes.
  12. Use this same tuna mix on top of a baked potato.
  13. Add to homemade fried rice with mushrooms, spring onions, soy sauce, ginger and chicken.
  14. Use pepper strips in a Spanish tortilla with eggs and potatoes.
  15. Roast red peppers by placing whole on a baking tray in a 230°C oven for 35 minutes. When the skin is charred and blackened, place in a glass bowl and cover with cling film. Allow to steam for 10 minutes, then peel off the skin and remove the seeds with your fingers.
  16. Use them in casseroles and stews like traditional Hungarian goulash.
  17. For a rice salad take cold cooked rice and add a tin of drained sweetcorn, finely chopped peppers, and red onion. Flavour with lime juice, a little sunflower oil and fresh coriander.
  18. Use pieces of peppers on chicken, meat or prawn skewers on the BBQ.
  19. Eat pepper strips as a snack with a healthy bean or hummous dip.
  20. How to Chop Peppers
  21. Lay the pepper on its side and slice off the bottom end (not the stalky side!).
  22. Turn the pepper so it stands upright on the stalky side; if the stalk gets in the way, snap it off.
  23. Proceed to slice off the four 'walls' of the pepper. You should be left with the seeds house and membranes attached to the stem end which you can just discard.
  24. Trim any extra white membrane off the 'walls' of the pepper.
  25. Slice into long strips for stir fries and into cubes for salads.
  26. Add to homemade fried rice with mushrooms, spring onions, soy sauce, ginger and chicken.




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