A New Twist on Stuffed Peppers

July 23, 2010 in Main Dish, Wheat Berry Recipes by Joyce Bunderson

A Mediterranean-Style meal; note the whole grain wheat berries, extra virgin olive oil, tangy cheeses, lack of meat, and a variety of vegetables and herbs. Best of all it tastes really, really good. For more information, see A Mediterranean Eating Style – A Few Guiding Principles.

Ingredients

Topping

2 cups cooked wheat berries
1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ cup chopped onions
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups chopped spinach
¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
5 red, orange or yellow bell peppers

 

Bottom filling
2 cups Ricotta cheese
1 Egg
½ Salt
½ teaspoon dry leaf basil

Final finishes
Additional extra virgin olive oil for final drizzling.
¼ cup Parmesan cheese



Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F.

Cut five peppers in half lengthwise. Remove the membranes and seeds. Blanch the pepper halves for 3 minutes. Do not over cook. Arrange the halves in a vegetable sprayed baking dish.

Warm 1-tablespoon oil in a skillet. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, cumin and pepper. Saute until onions are clear and beginning to brown lightly. Add spinach. Sauté until the spinach is wilted. Remove from heat add the parsley, whet berries and feta and toss together.

Mix ricotta cheese, egg, salt, and basil.

Spoon ricotta cheese mixture into each pepper half. Top with the wheat berry mixture. Drizzle ½ teaspoon of olive oil over each pepper half. Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes.

 

Add oil to spices and onions.

Add oil to spices and onions.

Cook mushrooms, onions and spices until onions are clear.

Cook mushrooms, onions and spices until onions are clear.

Ricotta cheese, basil, egg and salt.

Ricotta cheese, basil, egg and salt.

Mix ricotta filling - a couple of whisks.

Mix ricotta filling - a couple of whisks.

Add greens to wheat berries.

Add greens to wheat berries.

Flavorful feta cheese.

Flavorful feta cheese.

Blanch the peppers.

Blanch the peppers.

Peppers in the baking dish.

Peppers in the baking dish.

Put ricotta filling in the bottom.

Put ricotta filling in the bottom.

Put wheat berry mixture over the ricotta mixture.

Put wheat berry mixture over the ricotta mixture.

Drizzle a little oil on the top.

Drizzle a little oil on the top.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Ready to serve.

Ready to serve.