Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Superb, Stuffed Sweet Capsicum Recipe

Hello Friends;
We all had a nice picnic yesterday, using my brother-in-laws portable barbecue. My contribution was the middle part of an eye fillet, well seasoned and studded with sliced garlic and rosemary and cooked whole, turning frequently on the open grill part. It was amazing and I recommend cooking the eye fillet in this manner rather than slicing it into steaks, as it is too easily overcooked and ruined.
I also brought along some stuffed capsicums, or stuffed peppers, which I had prepared earlier in the day. I use " Little Sweeties" capsicums which come in trays, 5 to a tray and a mixture of red, orange and yellow. I want to share this recipe with you because it's so popular, loved by all (except vegetarians) and easy to prepare.
Stuffed Capsicum Recipe
20 small capsicums (small peppers, 80 mm long)
400g pork mince
20ml olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Thyme, parsley and sage (tablespoon of each, chopped)
1 cup of grated tasty cheese
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1/2 cup of red wine
1 teaspoon of Worcester sauce
1 egg
1 cup of fresh breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
Method
Place olive oil in a large fry pan and heat. Add the onions and garlic, cook for a few minutes, increase the heat and add the mince, stirring occasionally. Pour in the wine and cook for 10 minutes.
Take off the heat, add the cheeses and cool slightly. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well with your very clean hands. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celcius.
Take your capsicums, cut the stalk end off to create an opening, remove the seeds and fill with the mixture to just below the top of the capsicums. Place in an oiled baking tray and cook for 40 minutes.
Chef Jules Tips
Once oven baked you can serve straight away, or as I did, reheat on the barbecue. They are also nice cold.
For a vegetarian option you could replace the mince with pre-cooked rice or orzo pasta and delete the breadcrumbs.
There will be some mixture left over which, if made drier with the addition of more breadcrumbs makes fantastic burger patties.
Hope you enjoy my stuffed capsicum recipe.
I have also just published a Seafood Ravioli Recipe for Dive Planet, check it out!
Ciao for now

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