I must admit that one thing I would do differently is to make this dish on a weekend as opposed to making it on a weeknight after work. Even though it was fairly easy to put together, because it contained all fresh herbs and other ingredients, it is more time consuming cleaning and removing stems from the various fresh herbs and chopping everything. It is 8:00 p.m. and the stuffed peppers won't be ready before 8:30 which is VERY late for us to be eating dinner...but we will enjoy it, nevertheless. We will just have to stay up until midnight so we don't go to bed right after eating -- it's a good thing tomorrow is Friday!
I've posted the recipe I used below as well as some photos. I wish you could see and smell how beautiful all the colors and fresh aromas are from the fresh herbs and vegetables. They are absolutely gorgeous.
|The main ingredients...beautiful colors, courtesy of Mother Nature|
|Stuffed and ready to begin cooking (take a peek inside before I put the last lid on)|
|Olive oil and broth added...the cooking is about to begin|
|45 minutes later and they are ready to be devoured|
|Aren't they beautiful? Like a rainbow on a platter...|
|My yellow beauty|
|His red beauty|
Turkish Style Stuffed Peppers
5 large bell peppers (green, red, yellow, orange or you favorite color)
1 pound lean ground beef or lamb (I used ground sirloin)
1 cup fresh flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
3-4 ripe tomatoes, chopped (you could also use drained diced canned tomatoes)
1/2 cup white rice, uncooked
1 medium-large onion, finely diced (I sauteed mine, but you don't have to)
Juice from 1 lemon
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Red pepper flakes, pinch (or to taste)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cups water or broth (I used vegetable broth)
Carefully cut the tops off of your peppers (reserve lids to put back on later). Remove the seeds and membranes and set aside while you make the stuffing. If you decide to cook your onion before adding it to your stuffing, saute in a small amount of olive oil until translucent before adding to the stuffing mixture.
In a large bowl, add your ground beef or lamb, uncooked rice, diced onion (raw or cooked depending on preference), tomatoes, parsley, mint, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper(s). Mix thoroughly until well combined. Divide your mixture up evenly and stuff your peppers and place in a pot big or small enough for the peppers to stand upright without falling over. Replace their "tops". Pour the olive oil over the top of the closed peppers, and add broth or water to the pot. Cover pot and bring peppers to a boil and high heat, immediately reducing to low-medium heat and simmer, covered, for 40-45 minutes or until the rice is done. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!