I have made these stuffed peppers since I was about 15. Even back then I would see somebody make something or come across a recipe and adapt it to my own tastes. This particular dish was from Delia Smith but she added anchovies to hers which, at the time I thought was pretty disgusting. Now I wouldn't mind giving that a go! You can have this as a vegetarian main dish (both peppers) with some lovely salad or you can have it as a starter or as a healthy side to your main meal. If you are following Weight Watchers this only has 4 points per pepper.
To make 2 stuffed peppers you will need:
- 1 sweet pointed pepper (make sure you choose nice big ones rather than skinny flat ones so you can get more tomatoes in them)
- An assortment of cherry or plum tomatoes (I used red, orange and yellow)
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons olive oil (you could substitute this for fry light and save yourself a point)
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 pack of half fat mozzarella, torn into pieces
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
And here's what you do:
Cut the peppers in half length ways and de-seed them. Put the peppers in a baking tray - you might need to use a deep baking tray or dish to give some support to the peppers if they were a bit curvy like mine. Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 6 or 200 degrees
Cut your cherry or plum tomatoes in half and put them inside the pepper, creating a layer of tomatoes. Divide the garlic between the two peppers, spreading it across the tomatoes and in the gaps in between. Then add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to each pepper so that the vinegar is in all the gaps between the tomatoes (my mouth is watering as I am writing this!). Drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil on each pepper, season, sprinkle a little dried parsley over each and pop in the oven for around 15-20 minutes until the pepper and tomatoes have softened.
Remove the peppers from the oven and top with the torn mozerella. Put back in the oven to cook for around 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and starting to bubble.
A delicious yet healthy dish which tastes great and is really versatile...what more can you want?