Recent Posts

September 10, 2009

Stuffed Peppers with Turkey, Bacon & Thyme

I was feeling inventive the other night and decided to try my hand at creating a recipe for stuffed peppers. I rummaged through the fridge and the cupboards for ingredients. I used lean ground turkey, smoked bacon, fresh thyme from my mini-garden, wine, pepper jack cheese, onion, tomato paste and brown rice.  It ended up being delicious! The combination of the turkey, smoky bacon and thyme was killer. It totally made the dish. As an added bonus, they are relatively healthy, too! Hope you enjoy as much as I did!  

(Should make about 4 stuffed peppers)
cooking time: about an hour
1 lb. ground turkey
3 slices smoked, thick-sliced bacon
1 bag of boil-in-bag brown rice
4 red peppers
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup shredded low-fat pepper jack cheese
1/8 cup red wine
4 oz tomato paste
Small Yellow onion- diced
2 cloves of garlic- minced
3 sprigs fresh thyme
salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 400. Chop bacon into small bits and pan fry until they are cooked through, but not totally crispy. Remove the leaves from the thyme sprigs. Add diced onion, thyme leaves and garlic and cook until the onion starts to become translucent. Add ground turkey and cook through most of the way. You don't need to cook all the way through as it will finish in the oven. In the meantime, cook the brown rice as directed on the box. Chop the top off of the peppers and discard the tops. Remove the insides and clean out. Add the tomato paste and red wine to the turkey, onion, garlic and bacon mixture. Mix together. Strain the rice and add it along with 1/2 the cheese to the meat mixture. Salt and pepper to taste.
In a shallow casserole dish, pour the cup of chicken stock. Stuff the peppers with the meat mixture, place in casserole dish and top with remaining cheese. Bake approximately 35 minutes or until peppers are tender. Remember to check them as cooking times may vary. I didn't cook mine long enough and the peppers were too crunchy. My next plan for this is to try stuffing heirloom tomatoes instead!


Post a Comment