Roasted Stuffed Peppers

I started this blog to try to get students to cook good and healthy recipes, but I know I’ve been posting recipes that aren’t your basic normal stuff so maybe some students won’t find the motivation to start cooking one of these recipes because they’re intimidated by them or something, I don’t know… 😛 I can’t help it, I get carried away when it comes to cooking food, so sorry for that… 😀

But now: I am going to try to post some more basic stuff, that’s easy, cheap and relatively quick to make. I hope this will get some more people to start cooking with fresh ingredients instead of getting some pizza out of the freezer, buying pre-cooked stuff or getting take out all the time.

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So here it is, a basic recipe for stuffed peppers:

Ingredients for 1:

  • 1 bell pepper (choose whichever color you want)
  • 200 gr of minced meat (I usually go with pork/beef but use whatever minced meat you like)
  • 1 big potato (you can replace this with rice or pasta if you like, but with potatoes you keep it a one tray dish -> little washing up)
  • 1 egg
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

Now the above ingredients are the absolute basic. You can add all kinds of spices to the minced meat and a sauce to make your own versions. For example, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Asian style, … The ingredient list below is an example of what you could add to make a Mediterranean version. I also made a basic tomato sauce to go with it but I will write a post about that shortly.

  • 1 big tablespoon of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2  teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2  teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 1/2 heaped teaspoon of dried paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven at 175 degrees Celsius
  • Peel the potato, cut in half lengthways and then into 1,5  cm thick slices. That way it cooks in the same time as the pepper. Put the slices in an oven tray (large enough to fit in the peppers with it) and coat them with olive oil
  • Cut the peppers in half, remove the seeds and stem and scrape out the white membrane with a small spoon or something. Make sure it lies horizontal with the opening face upwards. If it’s somewhat crooked, just cut a small slice from the bottom to make it horizontal again
  • In a bowl, mix the minced meat, egg, salt, pepper and the optional spice mix if you want. I know one egg is a lot to add to such a small quantity of meat, but half an egg isn’t that simple to add 😛 This makes it really sticky and wet, but this doesn’t matter because the egg will eventually help the meat stick together when it cooks
  • Divide the mixture in 2 and put it in the peppers
  • Put the peppers in the same oven tray as the potato slices
  • Put the tray in the oven and let it cook for about 35 – 45 minutes or until the peppers, the meat and the potatoes are nicely cooked.
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