Earlier this week, I stuffed eight-ball zucchini with rice 'n' stuff but these are a whole 'nother take, peppers with fresh tomato and other garden goodness.
SAN MARZANO TOMATOES For the first time, I found fresh San Marzano tomatoes. They have the meatiness of a Roma so are good for stuffing. And taste-wise they are VERY good -- I can't put my finger on it, but they are definitely different, startlingly so at first, then you just want to gobble them up and can't really tell.
KITCHEN NOTES The muddled-red peppers looked pretty but the green ones tasted better. Look for 'squatty' versus 'tall' peppers that are easier to stuff and stand upright.
NEXT TIME Next time I'll use smaller peppers, like a side dish, since one big pepper isn't all that appetizing to eat whole. I'll also chop the tomatoes so they pack better into the peppers.
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TOMATO & BASIL STUFFED PEPPERS
Time to table: 60 minutes
2 peppers but easily multiplied
STUFFING, per pepper -- stuff in this order
1 ounce goat cheese or other soft cheese (I used my version of homemade Boursin which was VERY good)
Sprinkle of black pepper
Sprinkle of dried thyme (important)
More basil leaves
Drizzle of olive oil
Another 1 ounce goat cheese, crumbled
More black pepper
1/2 cup or so of white wine
Preheat oven to 350F. Slice off top 1/4 of pepper, along the crown line. Remove the membrane and seeds from both the top and the bottom. If needed, cut a very shallow slice on the bottom to help it stand straight.
Stuff the peppers, packing full and tight. (Mine didn't have enough stuffing.) Put on the 'top. Place in a shallow dish just large enough to hold the peppers and hold them upright. Pour the wine into the dish. Bake for about 40 minutes. Serve while hot.
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