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Stuffed peppers

Discussion in 'Food, Nutrition and Recipes' started by Cana, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. Cana

    Cana Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Someone on here posted a recipe for bolognaise stuffed peppers. Tried them tonight and it was delicious. Although the pepper didn’t have much flavour. So not sure what I did wrong.

    But one thing. How on earth do you keep the peppers standing up in the oven?
     
  2. wiflib

    wiflib Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    No need to put them in the oven, just cook them in a pan and serve with the sauce or put them in the sauce.
     
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  3. Cana

    Cana Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Doesn’t that mean they aren’t stuffed peppers though?
     
  4. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Put them in a small enough high sided baking dish so that they support each other. I made some similar stuffed courgettes the other day, sliced in half lengthwise, hollowed them out and filled with a sort of Bolognese mixture and baked - very nice.
     
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  5. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Also, the peppers aren't supposed to be a strong taste.
    More an edible container for the sauce and the cheese on top.
     
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  6. wiflib

    wiflib Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Does it matter? It would taste the same.
     
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    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Are you slicing them length ways so they are like two boats?
    Or are you cutting the top off, scooping out the seeds, then putting the "hat" back on?
    Either way, @Mr_Pot is right.
    Cram them into a high sided dish so that they support each other.

    Edit: it is all about an attractive way of serving the dish. Feeds the eyes more than just putting peppers and sauce on the plate side by side.
     
  8. Cana

    Cana Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I guess not. But then I might as well just have a bolognaise sauce.

    I’m trying to force myself to cook rather than just have meat and leaves.
     
  9. Cana

    Cana Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was scooping insides out and stuffing. Although I did t put hat back on. Didn’t even think of that.

    To be honest it didn’t spill out but there was only the one. So nothing to prop it up with.

    Might need to get a ramekin
     
  10. Cana

    Cana Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That does sound nice. Used to have something like that at my favourite tapas. Also with aubergines as the boat
     
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    MeiChanski Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I feel cooked peppers loses its flavour, I rather them stay raw and you can do the stuffing in a pan and scoop into raw peppers.
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    We cook savoury mince capsicums in the oven, they stand up on end ok, they taste alright when the cheese topping melts in the mix.
     
  13. Antje77

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    I for one am happy when my food looks pretty as well as tasty. A stuffed pepper makes me way more happy than a blob of red goo, despite tasting the same.
    If I want to make stuffed peppers I hunt for the ones that will stay upright when shopping. Alternatively, I use them on their sides and I will test in what position they stay level before cutting. I then use the cut off part in the sauce, a salad, tomorrows dinner or to feed the guinea pigs :)
     
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    Try just slicing a thin slice off the bottom of each pepper to make the bottoms more level, just enough not to create any holes though!
     
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    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    We always have a roll of Lidl's mucho-cheapo "wrapping foil" at home. For things like this I tear off a piece (trial and error will guide your judgement on the size), I then lightly scrunch it up to provide a little cushion, with a dip in it for the bottom of the pepper.

    If the scrunching is loose enough, it should mean the hot air gets all round the pepper, or whatever you're cooking.

    It's also great for preventing things sticking to the baking tray or whatever.
     
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  16. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Aubergine sounds good, it could taste like moussaka.
    I don't think much of the idea of cooking the container separately. The whole idea with stuffed things is that the juices soak into the flesh, soften it and flavour it. Also as @Antje77 says it looks better.
     
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  17. Antje77

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    I make a pretty low carb moussaka too, I love aubergine. I leave out the potatoes (they are the boring part anyway) but I make regular bechamel. The resulting moussaka is low carb enough that I need very little insulin for it as there aren't many carbs in the other ingredients. I've made it both with real meat and with fake meat and they both tasted great :)
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    When my wife makes Lasagne she replaces the pasta in one side of the dish with slices of aubergine so that I get Lassaka or possibly Moussagne.
     
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  19. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    All the best chefs do deconstructed dishes!

    And here's a link to one of many such recipes for deconstructed stuffed peppers, with a photo to prove it! :D:D:D


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    Robbity
     
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  20. copilost

    copilost Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    yay you! Peppers and tomatoes change after a bit of cooking to soft squidgy and much stronger flavour. If you cook for less time you don't get that change so much. It's a preference thing, some like to avoid the squidgy, some like the stronger flavour. Nice thing about cooking for yourself is you get to choose.

    The length of time depends on heat, so hotter is faster. The pan fried method mentioned above would probably be the quickest. I prefer to put in the oven because I like to have a little sit down and anticipate my dinner which is "cooking itself" in the oven:).

    I would slice the peppers lengthways because you get more of the filling exposed so can add more cheese on top (always good) and you get a bigger variation in textures, crunchy top, soggy bottom, juicy middle.

    All way more information about my relationship with stuffed peppers than anyone needs:D
     
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