I 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:
- Cut the tops of the peppers and clean out the insides. Leave them like a cup.
- Mix above ingredients in a bowl, minus chicken stock or water and Parmesan cheese.
- Fill pepper cups with meat-quinoa-whatever else you threw in there blend.
- Put in crock pot standing up.
- 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.)
- Shake some more Worcestershire sauce in if you’re so inclined. I was.
- Cook on high for 5 or so hours or low for 8 or so.
- Take out of crock pot, slice in half and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
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.