This easy dinner recipe is brought to you by Pompeian Olive Oil. All opinions are 100% mine.
Packed with a tasty mixture of vegetables, pine nuts and raisins, these flavorful stuffed bell peppers are perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.
Stuffed bell peppers have always been comfort food. Ask any Romanian, actually ask pretty much any east European and they’ll tell you stuffed bell peppers is a family recipe. May it be a sunday family get together, a holiday or just because, my mom always made stuffed bell peppers.
I could say I grew up on this comfort dish, but I would not tell the truth. I was the pickiest of the pickiest eaters. Bell peppers was on of the foods on my no-no-no list. I loved the stuffing, but no one could make me eat the bell peppers.
My mom’s bell peppers were filled with a combination of vegetables, rice and ground beef. It’s was absolutely amazing! I have tried to replicate her recipe a few times but I’m not quite there, yet.
Today, I may not have my mom’s recipe for stuffed peppers to share with you, but I have a light summer version everyone will love! Even the picky eaters!
My version of bell peppers are stuffed with a tasty mixture of onion, garlic, zucchini, tomatoes, bell pepper.
Pine nuts, raisins and some crumbled goat cheese is added as well, but you can use your favorite nuts, skip the raising and sprinkle other type of cheese on top.
But the veggie filling. Leave it as it is! It’s just so good, I ate some spoonfuls while stuffing the peppers.
Since August is National Olive Oil Month I took the pledge and joined Pompeian, the leader in the olive oil industry and the makers of the Number One selling Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the US, to swap butter with olive oil in easy every day recipes like this one.
To learn how easy it is to swap butter for olive oil, check out Pompeian’s conversion chart by visiting http://bit.ly/1rXdzhR.
To take the Pompeian #PledgeforEVOO, visit http://bit.ly/1rCJyW4.
1,000 fans who sign up will be randomly selected to receive a gift from Pompeian (a free movie redemption code and a coupon for a free bottle of olive oil), plus every week during the month of August 5 additional fans who have pledged will win a fun prize pack.
I love the rich flavor that comes from cooking onion and garlic in olive oil over a medium-low heat until the pieces are golden-browned and begin to caramelize.
Diced zucchini, bell pepper and tomatoes are added and cooked over medium heat for just few minutes. You want to keep the vegetables slightly uncooked allowing them to finish cooking in the oven.
I love adding pine nuts and raisins to my bell peppers. It gives a little sweetness and crunchiness.
Speaking of crunchiness, because the peppers are only cooked for about 30 minutes, they will remain slightly crunchy unless you blanch them ahead of time. I’ve done this recipe both ways. As a personal preference, I choose the crunchy peppers but my family love the softer peppers.
Packed with a tasty mixture of vegetables, pine nuts and raisins, these flavorful stuffed bell peppers are perfect for a easy weeknight dinner.
- 4 bell peppers
- 3 tablespoons Pompeian olive oil
- 3 onions, chopped
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 zucchini, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
- salt, pepper
- 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
- Fill a large bowl with ice and approximately 2 cups of cold water. Set aside.
- With a sharp knife, cut the 4 bell peppers lengthwise and gently remove the seeds and stems, leaving the green stems on. (the stem is not edible but will prevent the filling from spilling out)
- In a large pot, bring water to boil over high heat. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt into in.
- When the water has reached the boiling point, add the bell peppers in 2-3 batches to the water and cook for 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, quickly remove the bell peppers from the pot and place them in the iced water. When the peppers are completely cool, remove them from the iced water and drain on a clean towel until making the filling.
- Heat the oven to 375F.
- In a skillet, drizzle the olive oil and heat over medium flame.
- Add the chopped onions and garlic and cook until the onion is golden brown and begins to caramelize.
- Add the zucchini, chopped bell pepper and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the zucchini just begin to soften.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the fresh herbs, pine nuts and raisins.
- Spoon the filling into the 4 blanched bell peppers and arrange them into an 11" skillet or a 3 quart casserole.
- Place the skillet (or casserole) in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
- Open the oven, sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese over the peppers and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove from peppers the oven and turn it off.
Disclosure – This post is brought to you by Pompeian Olive Oil. All opinions are 100% mine