Crock pot Stuffed Peppers

20120804_183034I was looking through my fridge the other day and realized that I had a bunch of red peppers left over from something that didn’t get made. Rather than throw them away, I thought I’d try my hand at stuffed peppers. I do love stuffed peppers.

The only thing was, it’s been really hot around these parts so I didn’t want to turn on the oven.

Crock pot to the rescue!

I found a recipe to loosely base mine off of on food.com (when I say loosely, I mean I used it to answer the questions of “Could it be done?” and “Should I cook the rice first?” and “What are the basics here?”

Here’s what you need:

  • Enough peppers to fit in the crock pot. I used 5. I might have been able to smush in a 6th if I tried.
  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 1 cup of quinoa (I didn’t have rice, oops.)
  • 1 smallish onion, chopped up small
  • a handful (about 1/3 cup) shredded cheese
  • about 2 TSP of garlic powder*
  • about 3 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce*
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock or water (I suppose you could use a can or two of diced tomatoes if you wanted to.)
  • Parmesan cheese

(Use whatever spices you want or like. Also, if you want to mix veggies in, go for it. I think next time I’ll add a cup or so of the carrot, pea and green bean mix.)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Cut the tops of the peppers and clean out the insides. Leave them like a cup.
  2. Mix above ingredients in a bowl, minus chicken stock or water and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Fill pepper cups with meat-quinoa-whatever else you threw in there blend.
  4. Put in crock pot standing up.
  5. Pour chicken stock or water over peppers (it should be about an inch deep in the bottom of the cooker. If it’s not, put more in.)
  6. Shake some more Worcestershire sauce in if you’re so inclined. I was.
  7. Cook on high for 5 or so hours or low for 8 or so.
  8. Take out of crock pot, slice in half and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Enjoy.

We totally loved these. Well I did. Frank said they were good too. I’m so going to make them again! If you’re wondering about the quinoa, it didn’t change the texture or flavor much.

I love my crock pot. I should use it more often.

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I spend a lot of time on the pool deck and making treats in my kitchen amongst other things.
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4 Responses to Crock pot Stuffed Peppers

  1. Yum! Those look and sound delicious! I tend to only use my crockpot in the fall/winter, but I should really pull it out in the summer!!

  2. Frank says:

    I ate three of them. I regret nothing.

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