These grilled stuffed peppers are stuffed with a combination of cheese, herbs, and garlic. This stuffed peppers recipe makes a wonderful meal for vegetarians or a great side dish for carnivores.
Recipes for stuffed bell peppers vary a lot but cheese is always a popular stuffing ingredient because it goes nicely with the flavor of the peppers and a lot of other easy grilled vegetable recipes as well. The herbs bring out the flavor of both the cheese and the bell peppers in the recipe. If you are looking for a delicious yet simple recipe for outdoor grilled vegetables this stuffed peppers recipe is well worth making.
You will need bell peppers for this recipe, either a couple each of red and yellow or all red. You could use all yellow ones if you want a sweeter result or green ones for a more savory one. Crunchy croutons are made using red pepper, garlic and basil flavored bread cubes. The mozzarella is then added to the mix and all of this goes into the bell peppers. The barbeque needs to be medium-hot when you add the stuffed peppers, not too cool and not too hot. When you stuff them, do not overstuff them. The filling will expand a bit and you do not want it to leak out and get messy, so just divide it evenly between the peppers and do not fill all the way up. While these are grilling you will be able to enjoy the magnificent aroma they give off. Just imagine how the final flavor is going to be.
Stuffed peppers are quite filling so you could serve one of these as a main dish and feel satisfied afterwards. They are also nice served with something on the side though, such as meat, chicken or fish. If you want the stuffed pepper to be the main dish then a little green salad on the side balances it out and adds more color to the plate. Perhaps you are really in the mood for this but the weather has turned inclement, in which case simply heat up the oven to 400 degrees and cook them in there instead. They will lack the smoky aroma and flavor but still offer the same wonderful taste. This recipe is so simple and you can adapt it if you wish, swapping the mozzarella for another cheese or adding different herbs to the mix.
This dish features Italian flavors. Bell peppers are often used in Italian cuisine, and mozzarella is an Italian cheese. The basil, oregano and parmesan also contribute toward the Italian flavor. Anyone who loves Italian food will really love these peppers. If you want to make them meatier and more like a main dish like a side, try adding some ground beef to the mix (cook it first to get the fat out) because this will make them heartier. If you want to add a spicy twist, why not swap bell peppers for poblanos or another kind of chili pepper. That would add a south of the border touch to the mix.
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 yellow bell peppers
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
- 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 ½ cups diced bread slices (to make croutons)
- 1 ¼ cups mozzarella in small cubes
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- Salt and black pepper
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- Preheat the grill to medium.
- Sauté the diced bread in a skillet in 1 tablespoon of the oil with the red pepper flakes, garlic, and basil for about 4 minutes to make herby croutons.
- Add the mozzarella and toss to combine.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Remove the tops from the bell peppers, leaving them whole. Take the seeds and cores out. Rub olive oil over the peppers and combine the remaining oil with the mixture in the skillet.
- Fill the peppers with the cheese mixture and put the tops back on.
- Grill the peppers over an indirect heat.
- Alternatively, you can bake them at 400 degrees F until tender.
- Cut each pepper in half and sprinkle with the parmesan.
- Broil for a few minutes then drizzle with olive oil and serve hot.
Stuffed peppers are a favorite and this grilled pepper recipe has the peppers stuffed with mozzarella and fresh herbs for an incredible amount of flavor. You can see the charred parts of the peppers in this picture, and of course that is what you get when you choose the barbeque as a cooking method. Whether you are serving these for lunch or dinner, for vegetarians or as a side dish for carnivores, you are sure to be overwhelmed with the wonderful Italian flavors the stuffed peppers offer. These are juicy, colorful and they boast plenty of vitamins and minerals.
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