Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers
by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
These are a delicious twist on the my usual stuffed bell peppers made with ground beef. This time I chose ground turkey for a somewhat lighter flavor. That in turn inspired me to include poultry seasoning as part of the spicing. The result is a savory, satisfying meal that just spells c-o-m-f-o-r-t.
As you can see in the photo, I went with a mix of different colored bell peppers. I think it enhances the visual appeal of the dish, personally. Of course, you’re free to do what you prefer, whether it be all the same color or a lix like I did. Just no arguing over who gets which color pepper! (You can always cut them in half and swap halves.)
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Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers
- 4 large bell peppers (seeds and stem removed)
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 12 fl. ounces V-8 Spicy Hot Vegetable Juice (divided)
- 8 fl. ounces tomato sauce
- 1 cup uncooked Minute rice or Instant rice
- 1/4 cup soft bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese
- Cut off tops of bell peppers just below stem; remove seed pod and white membranes, reserve extra bits of pepper surrounding the stem (cut the extra pepper bits off and chop for use later.)
- Place the peppers cut side down in a microwavable-safe glass baking dish; add 1/2 cup water to the pan and cover with plastic wrap.
- Microwave peppers on high for 3 minutes; lift plastic and turn peppers on their sides. Cover and microwave another three minutes; lift plastic and place peppers upright. Cover and microwave three minutes more. Drain any excess water from the pan.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- In a large nonstick skillet, brown the ground turkey and onion with the extra bits of peppers.
- Stir in the garlic, salt, pepper, celery seed, and poultry seasoning, along with one cup of the V-8 juice and the tomato sauce.
- Bring the saucy mixture to a boil then stir in the uncooked Minute Rice and simmer for 2 minutes before removing from heat.
- In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup soft bread crumbs with 1/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese and set aside for later.
- Fill peppers with the saucy mixture. If you have any extra, you can put it into a small ramekin and cover with foil or just put it between the peppers. Depending on the size of your peppers you may need to do this. Perhaps for the first time in my life, my mix came out just right! Go figure!
- Once you have filled the peppers, add the last 1/2 cup of V-8 juice around the peppers and cover the pan tightly with foil.
- Bake at 375°F. for about 30 minutes. Uncover peppers and top with the bread crumb and cheese mixture. Bake another 15 minutes or so or until the crumbs are lightly browned and golden.
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