Rice-Stuffed Mini Pepper

BellaFina™ peppers may be used to create a wide variety of recipes, from appetizers to main dishes. BellaFina peppers are often used in salads, vegetables trays with or without dip, cooked in stews and sauces and stuffed with meat, cheese and grains.

Grown on the vine in the field, BellaFina peppers are a great source of vitamins and nutrients. They are low calorie, fat free, sodium free and high in Vitamin C.

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Makes 20 stuffed peppers

Creamy, chewy Arborio rice holds a cheesy filling together in stuffed peppers that taste great warm or at room temperature. To make ahead, prep and stuff the peppers up to two days before the party; wrap tightly in plastic, and store in refrigerator.
  • 20 2-inch-long mini sweet peppers (preferably several different colors)
  • ⅔ cup Arborio rice (4 oz.)
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp. dried Mexican oregano, crumbled
  • ¼ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 large jarred sweet cherry peppers, seeded and chopped (2½ Tbs.)
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, lightly packed

1. Place rack in top position of oven, and preheat oven to 450°F. Arrange peppers on rimmed baking sheet, 
and roast 10 to 12 minutes, or until slightly softened and wrinkled. Cool on baking sheet.

2. Lay 1 pepper on its side, and use paring knife to cut long, oval-shaped opening into side of pepper, leaving 
stem and bottom intact. (Pepper will resemble a canoe.) Reserve oval-shaped piece for filling. Carefully scoop out and discard seeds from body of pepper. Repeat with remaining peppers. Chop up oval-shaped pieces, and set aside.

3. Place rice in saucepan, cover with salted water, and bring to a boil. 
Reduce heat to medium, and cook 
15 minutes. Drain.

4. Meanwhile, whisk together oil, vinegar, oregano, and mustard, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. 
Stir mixture into hot rice, then mix in reserved chopped peppers, cherry peppers, and cheese.

5. Stuff mini peppers with rice mixture, and arrange on platter.

 

From Vegetarian Times

December 2013 p.48