Stuffed Roasted Red Peppers

Savory rice stuffing wrapped in the embrace of smoky roasted peppers is a delicious way to serve grain. With the stability that we get from brown rice, with a touch of fiery vitality from the peppers and spices and you create a dish that’ll make you oh, so strong.

Makes 4 main course servings, 8 side dish servings

Ingredient List: 

extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
1/2  red onion, finely diced
sea salt
generous pinch red pepper flakes
1 carrot, finely diced
2-3 stalks celery, finely diced
1 cup fresh/frozen organic corn kernels
2-3 teaspoons mirin or white wine
1 1/2 cups cooked short grain brown rice

4 red bell peppers
extra virgin olive oil

Step By Step Instructions: 

Prepare the stuffing by placing a small amount of oil, the garlic and onion in a small skillet and turn the heat to medium. When the vegetables begin to sizzle, add a pinch of salt, the red pepper flakes and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add carrot and celery, a pinch of salt and sauté for 1-2 minutes more. Stir in corn, season lightly with salt and add mirin. Cover and cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes. Stir in cooked rice until ingredients are well combined. Transfer to a mixing bowl to cool.  

Lightly oil each pepper and place each over an open flame on the stove. Turn each pepper, charring the skins completely. When the peppers are blackened, transfer them to a paper sack and seal shut to steam the skins from the peppers. After 10 minutes, carefully remove the peppers and, with your fingers, gently remove the charred skin, taking care to keep the peppers intact. Once all the charred skin is removed, carefully pull the seeds out of the tops of the peppers, keeping the peppers intact. Clean any remaining seeds from the peppers.

Carefully spoon filling into each pepper, filling abundantly, but taking care not to split them open. Place stuffed peppers on a baking sheet and place in a 300o oven to warm through, about 10 minutes. Serve drizzled with a fruity olive oil.