Peppers

Recipe List:
Bell Peppers Lemonly Dressed and Cumin-esque
Peppers Roasted with Garlic
Tomato Pepper Sauce
Classic Stuffed Bell Peppers
Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers
Peppers with Tomato Sauce
Roasted Eggplant and Pepper Salad
Ratatouille on the Grill
Sweet Pepper Soup
Quick Chicken Fajitas with Peppers


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Bell Peppers Lemonly Dressed and Cumin-esque

From Farmer John’s Cookbook

Ingredients:
1/2 cup plus and 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 red or purple bells, thinly sliced
2 green or yellow bells, thinly sliced
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 large)
2 Tbsp minced parsley
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp honey (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions or red onion
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
1. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and saute, stirring until slightly soft, about 3 minutes. Let cool.

2. Combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, parsley, cumin, honey, and garlic in a large jar. With the lid tightly screwed on, shake the jar vigorously until the oil and juice have combined and thickened.

3. Toss the peppers and scallions or red onion with the vinaigrette in a large bowl, add the salt and season with pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Serves 4.

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Peppers Roasted with Garlic

Submitted by apprentice Cheryl Kastanowski

Ingredients:
Olive oil-flavored cooking spray
1 green bell pepper, halved and seeded
1 red bell pepper, halved and seeded
1 yellow bell pepper, halved and seeded
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon herb vinegar, or to taste

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with olive oil flavored cooking spray.
Place the bell pepper halves open side up in the prepared baking dish. In a medium bowl, toss together the cherry tomatoes, basil and garlic. Fill each pepper half with a handful of this mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then remove the aluminum foil, and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with herb vinegar. These are equally good served hot or cold.

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Tomato Pepper Sauce

Submitted by apprentice Cheryl Kastanowski

Ingredients:
4 large tomatoes
2 large red bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Carefully add the tomatoes to the water, and boil until the skin begins to split. Remove from the water, cool under cold running water, and peel off the skin.

Place tomatoes into a large skillet, and mash with a potato masher. Mix in the bell peppers, onion and garlic. Simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, or until onions and peppers are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Classic Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients:
1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked white rice
4 bell peppers
1 lb ground beef (ground chuck, 16% fat)
6 large fresh basil leaves, chopped (or 1 1/2 tea spoons dried basil)
1/2 teaspoon dry summer savory
1/2 teaspoon ground marjoram (or 2 teaspoons of fresh chopped)
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
Paprika

Directions:
1. If you haven’t already made the rice, start cooking the rice following the package instructions (usually 1 cup of raw white rice plus 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes.)

2. Cut the tops off of the bell peppers. Remove and discard the stem and seeds. Place bell peppers cut side up on a steaming rack over an inch of water in a large covered pot. Bring to boil, let steam for 10 minutes.

3. Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl mix together the ground beef, basil, summer savory, marjoram, salt, several turns of black pepper, and rice.

4. Remove bell peppers from steamer pan. Place cut side up in a pyrex or other oven-proof casserole. Gently stuff the peppers with the ground beef rice mixture. Drizzle olive oil over the stuffed peppers, along the outside of the peppers, and into the pan. Rub the oil over the outside of the peppers; it will help with browning. Sprinkle the tops generously with paprika.

5. Place on middle rack and cook for 35-50 minutes, or longer, until the meat is cooked through.
Serves 4 to 6. Serve with ketchup.

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Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

Submitted by CSA Member Hayriye Cetin Karaca

Ingredients:
2 lb (~1kg) bell peppers
1 cup rice, washed and drained
2 onions, finely chopped
1 tomato, diced
1 tsp tomato paste
½ cup olive oil
1 cup hot water
1 tbsp dried/fresh mint
½ tsp allspice
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
½ tomato, sliced in 4 pieces for caps

Directions:
Cut tops off peppers, remove seeds and wash. In a saucepan, place the olive oil and finely chopped onions. Sauté lightly. Add chopped tomatoes and tomato paste, sauté for 3 more minutes.Add the rice and braise for 5 minutes. Then add salt, sugar, allspice, cinnamon, dried mint and1 cup hot water. Stir and simmer until all liquid is evaporated.Let it cool.With a spoon fill the peppers with the mixture. Place one slice of tomato as a cap on top of each pepper. In a large saucepan or pot, place the rice stuffed bell peppers in the bottom. Add warm water, enough to almost cover half height of the peppers.
Close the lid and cook on low-medium heat, until the peppers get soft, for about 15-20 minutes. Cool before serving.

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Peppers with Tomato Sauce

Submitted by CSA Member Hayriye Cetin Karaca from turkishfoodandrecipes.com

Ingredients:
2-3 green peppers, cut into bite sizes
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tomatoes, crushed or 6-7 tbsp crushed tomato in a can
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
½ tsp salt to taste

Directions:
In a skillet shallow fry peppers with olive oil. Sprinkle half of the salt. When peppers become soft and light brown, place them in a plate. Then place crushed tomatoes, minced garlic and remaining salt in same skillet. The remaining oil in the skillet will be enough for tomatoes. Cook tomatoes over low heat for 3-4 minutes.
Finally pour the tomato sauce on shallow fried peppers. You can garnish with sweet corn pieces.
You can serve Peppers with Tomato Sauce cold or warm with any kind of meat and poultry dishes.

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Roasted Eggplant and Pepper Salad

Submitted by apprentice Cheryl Kastanowski

Ingredients:
For the salad:

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
2 eggplants (about 2 1/2 pounds total), cut into 3 x 3/4 x 3/4-inch strips
2 large green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips
2 large red bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips

Dressing:
8 large garlic cloves (unpeeled)
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
3/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the sesame spread:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon salt

8 warm pita bread rounds, cut into wedges

Directions:
To make the salad: Place rack in top third of oven and preheat to 450°F. Spray large heavy baking sheet with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Combine eggplant, peppers, garlic and oil in large bowl. Toss well. Transfer to prepared sheet. Bake until eggplant is brown and vegetables are tender, stirring every 10 minutes, about 50 minutes. Remove garlic and reserve. Scrape vegetables and all pan juices into bowl.
To make the dressing: Combine vinegar, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne in processor. Peel roasted garlic; add to processor. Puree until smooth.

Toss vegetable mixture with 1/4 cup garlic dressing. Cool, tossing occasionally. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill vegetables and remaining dressing separately. Bring to room temperature.)

Mound salad in center of large platter. Surround with pita wedges. Serve, passing remaining dressing and Sesame Spread separately.

To make the sesame spread: Beat butter, sesame seeds and salt to blend in small bowl. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving.)

Yield: 8 servings

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Ratatouille on the Grill

Submitted by apprentice Cheryl Kastanowski

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed with press
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
2 pounds plum tomatoes, each cut lengthwise in half
2 medium red peppers, each cut lengthwise into quarters
2 medium (8 ounces each) zucchini, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 large (1 1/2-pound) eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1/2 cup (loosely packed) fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 ounces ricotta salata or Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Prepare outdoor grill for covered, direct grilling on medium.

Prepare vinaigrette: In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper. In slow, steady stream, whisk in oil until blended.

On 2 jelly-roll pans, lightly brush tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and onion slices with some vinaigrette. With tongs, transfer vegetables to hot grill grate. Cover grill and cook tomatoes about 6 minutes; peppers, zucchini, and eggplant about 8 minutes; and onion about 12 minutes or until all vegetables are tender and lightly charred on both sides. Return vegetables to jelly-roll pans.

To serve, on platter, arrange grilled vegetables; drizzle with remaining vinaigrette and sprinkle with basil. With vegetable peeler, shave ricotta salata into large pieces over vegetables.

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Sweet Pepper Soup

Ingredients:
2 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
1/4 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 red bell peppers
1 cup fat-free chicken broth
1 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon 1% milk or water
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives or parsley

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cut off and discard root ends of garlic cloves. On a 10-inch piece of foil, drizzle garlic with oil. Crimp foil to seal and bake in middle of oven until garlic is tender, about 30 minutes. Cool, then peel.

While garlic is baking, lay bell peppers on their sides on racks of gas burners and turn flames on high. (Or put peppers on rack of broiler pan about 2 inches from heat.) Roast peppers, turning with tongs, until skins are blackened, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let stand, covered, until cool enough to handle. Peel peppers and discard stems and seeds. Coarsely chop peppers and purée in a blender with roasted garlic and chicken broth.

Transfer purée to a saucepan. Heat over moderate heat, stirring, until warm, then season with salt and pepper.

Stir together sour cream and milk. Drizzle 1 teaspoon sour-cream mixture over each serving of soup and sprinkle with chives.

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Quick Chicken Fajitas with Peppers

From The Practical Produce Cookbook by Ray and Elsie Hoover

Ingredients:
1 lb. boneless chicken breast
1 tbsp. oil
1 green pepper in 1/4 inch strips
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
2/3 cup chunky salsa
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
8 8-inch flour tortillas

Directions:

Cut chicken into thin strips. Heat oil in a large skillet. When hot add chicken, pepper and onion. Stir fry 4 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Drain. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Combine salsa and chili powder and add to chicken; cook and stir until thoroughly heated. Warm tortillas. Place about 1/2 cup of the mixture on each tortilla. Fold up bottom; fold in sides and secure with a toothpick, leaving top open. Serve with sour cream if desired.

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