March Madness Miniature Peppers

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.

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24 miniature BellaFina peppers
4 ounces ground turkey
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
1/4 cup cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cut and reserve tops off peppers; remove seeds. If necessary, cut thin slices from pepper bottoms to level and set aside peppers.

In a large skillet, cook the turkey, mushrooms, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Stir in 1/4 cup tomato sauce, rice, cheeses and seasonings and spoon into peppers. Place upright in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Spoon remaining tomato sauce over peppers and replace pepper tops. Cover and bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes or until heated through and peppers are crisp-tender. Yield: 2 dozen.

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