This is a very simple recipe but the results are delicious. Rice, garlic, onion, cheese, and zucchini are used to stuff the bell peppers, making this a healthy yet very tasty dish. You can choose whichever cheese you like. If you want to use a soft cheese such as goat’s cheese, you can chop it finely rather than grate it. You need to stir fry the stuffing ingredients before filling the bell peppers but you can do this either on the stove or over the grill.
Bell peppers are a great grilling ingredient and can be stuffed like in this recipe, sliced, used in a mixed grilled vegetables recipe or added to many other grilling recipes. You can use whichever bell peppers you like, from the sweet yellow ones to the more savory green ones. Alternatively, you can use one yellow, one red, and one green bell pepper for color variety.
Most people have had stuffed bell peppers before. Perhaps you have tried one stuffed with a rice mixture or a ground meat mixture. Others are filled with a mixture of cheeses and perhaps also herbs. Because peppers range from sweet (the yellow ones) to medium-sweet (orange or red) and even savory (green) you can complement or contrast the filling to make the peppers taste even better.
The sweetest peppers can be contrasted with the most savory fillings while you might prefer to include sweeter elements in the green bell peppers to balance out the dish, perhaps also adding cheese and herbs. Actually cheese goes with pretty much all stuffed bell pepper recipes, which is why you find it in so many of these recipes. Not only does the cheese add a nice creamy texture but it clearly is also going to add an excellent flavor. Besides that, the cheese melts and helps hold all the ingredients together – another bonus of using it.
The tops of the bell peppers are sometimes discarded, especially if the peppers are cut in half lengthwise and filled that way, but it is nice to keep them and cook them with the peppers, then you can pop them back on top. Although nobody is going to eat the stalk, the peppers do look attractive when you put the tops back on, just for serving. So the choice of whether or not to use the tops is yours, but they do look nice and add a cute touch, so most people choose to.
The reason this particular recipe is so special is because it is so easy. The flavors are every bit as you would hope for in a more complex recipe but you do not have to go to all that effort. Simply sauté the vegetables, mix them with the cheese and rice, and use that mixture to stuff the peppers. Then just pop them on to the grill to heat through and char in places until the peppers are tender, and serve them with meat, poultry or seafood, or even enjoy one by itself because they are pretty filling.
- 4 bell peppers (any color)
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 ½ cups cooked white rice
- ½ cup grated cheese (e.g. cheddar or parmesan)
- ½ cup of diced zucchini
- ½ cup baby bella mushrooms
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat the grill to medium.
- Cut the tops off the peppers, remove the stalks and seeds.
- Finely dice one of the bell peppers. Stir fry the green onions, diced pepper, mushrooms and garlic in the oil for 2 minutes.
- Add the zucchini and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Stir in the cooked rice and grated cheese.
- Season to taste.
- Stuff the bell peppers with this mixture and add pepper lid (top of pepper).
- Grill over an indirect heat until the peppers are tender.
A picture of vegetarian stuffed bell peppers in multi color presentation is an excellent addition to any grilled vegetable meal. This grilled vegetable side dish recipe would also make a wonderful light summer luncheon meal for you and a couple guests. It is a simple yet elegant dish that will delight any pepper lovers you invite. You can see how colorful and appealing these are, and their fresh look is sure to make your mouth water. It is worth firing up the barbeque just to make these lovely easy stuffed peppers, but you might as well cook some chicken or steak on there too, and serve it alongside these lovely treats to complete the meal.
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