I love finding new recipes and trying them out. Although I always tend to change things and substitute, so it’s never really the same as the recipe. This is because I’m one of those annoying gluten intolerant people, so I need to carefully consider every ingredient that goes into a dish – otherwise I will be regretting it later!
I also get bored if I make things the same time and time again. And sometimes I just think on the spot about what to add, hoping for the best!
This recipe for stuffed capsicums was something that came along by accident… I had some capsicums/bell peppers that I hadn’t yet used and they were sitting in the fridge about to waste away, so I decided to make some stuffed capsicums. I read a couple of different recipes online and nothing really screamed “Cook me!” So I decided to improvise and hoped for the best!
This is a great recipe when you’re trying to use leftover incredients before your regular grocery shop. It’s so easy to change and substitute, and I’ll tell you some of my variations below. For now, here’s the recent version of the recipe:
- 500g Turkey Mince
- 1 tbsp flaxseed oil (or olive oil)
- 4 medium sized capsicums / bell peppers
- 1/2 onion
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1 tsp dried corriander
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp Pesto
- 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
- 400g Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 carrot
- 5 button mushrooms
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 cup tasty cheese
- Pinch each of Salt & Pepper
- 1 1/2 cups of boiled white rice
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Begin to cook rice as per normal. Wash capsicums and cut in half. Scoop out seeds and inside flesh of capsicums until they look like hollow bowls. Wash out insides and allow capsicums to dry on a paper towel.
2. Add mince and oil to pan and brown. Chop onions and add to pan with garlic and ginger. Once onions are cooked, add salt and pepper as well as coriander and basil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer.
3. When mince mixture is cooking, put capsicum havles in a baking tray, skin side down with hollow bowl facing upwards. Bake in oven for 20 mins on 180 degrees (150 for fan forced oven).
4. Add pesto, tomato paste and crushed tomatoes to mince mixture. Stir in until all ingredients are combined.
5. Grate carrot and thinly dice mushroom. Add carrot, mushrooms and peas to mince mixture. Once vegetables are cooked, add in the Parmesan Cheese. Allow mixture to simmer for 5-10 minutes. If mixture becomes thick, add a small amount of water to mixture until it reaches a medium to thick consistency.
6. Take capsicums out of the oven. There may be some excess moisture gathering in the bowls – this is normal and ok as the mince mixture will soak up this excess moisture. Add a spoonful of rice to the inside of the capsicum. Spread out the rice so it creates a ‘bed’ at the bottom of the capsicum bowl. Add a few spoonfuls of the mince mixture until it covers the rice. Add some grated cheese over the top and place in the oven for a further 5-10 minutes.
7. Once the cheese is melted, take out and serve! A delicious meal is ready for you and will surely be a winner!
- I often use Turkey mince with this recipe, but beef, chicken or lamb could also be used
- Cheese is not necessary – I just like to add it for that decadent taste 😉 It makes the mince mixture creamy and gives another texture to the dish. But you can certainly make the dish without it.
- I used flaxseed oil but olive oil is fine.
- You can add vegetables of your choice – eggplant, zucchini, beans, other capsicums, corn, and so on.
- This definitely works with brown rice rather than white rice if you’re after a healthier alternative. And there have been times when I have taken the rice right out of the dish for those days when I feel the need to cut back on carbs.
- I have made an Asian Stuffed Capsicum – I use pork mince instead of turkey, I use soy sauce & fish sauce instead of tomato, pesto and tomato paste, swap the basil with chilli flakes (or fresh chilli), and don’t use cheese in the mince mixture. I bake with the rice in the capsicum, then garnish the finished dish with grated carrot, cucumber and lime juice.
The beauty of this dish is you can make it the way you like it – add or subtract what you want to make it your dish! Next time I might try a Mexican version with some kidney beans and sour cream – YUM!
Let me know if you tried this dish and how it turned out for you. Does anyone have some suggestions on some good variations?
Vintage Barbie xoxo