Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

I always find it interesting what some people list among their favorite comfort meals.  You know, the kind of meal you wish your mom could come and make for you when you've had a rough day.  For me, it's meatloaf, homemade macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and brown sugar carrots.  It's what I always asked my mom to make me my last night before heading back to college.

For M, it's tabbouleh, lasagna, pumpkin chiffon pie, and stuffed peppers--thankfully, not all at the same meal.  Those are some of the things he most fondly remembers his mom making for him growing up.  I've already tackled tabbouleh and we're still working on getting his mom's recipes for the lasagna and the pie. 

But one day, while searching through my cookbooks, I saw this and knew I had to make it.  M's been working so hard lately and I thought a little comfort food might be nice.  We both really liked these and looked forward to having them for lunch the next day (always a good sign).  M didn't really give me any comparison to his mom's stuffed peppers, but he didn't say anything like "My mom's are better" or "We should really get my mom's recipe".  I guess that's comfort and victory enough...

What's your ultimate comfort meal?

Sausage-Stuffed Peppers
adapted from Giada de Laurentiis, Giada's Family Dinners

non-stick cooking spray
1 small onion, minced
1/4 c. chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 large egg
3 TBSP ketchup
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/3 c. grated Pecorino Romano, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 c. dried plain bread crumbs
1 lb. ground turkey sausage (I used spicy)
4 bell peppers
1 1/2 c. marinara sauce (I like this recipe), plus more for serving

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Generously spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.

2.  Mix together the onion, parsley, egg, ketchup, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in 1/3 c. cheese and the bread crumbs then mix in the turkey.

3.  Cut the tops off the peppers and use a spoon to scrape out the ribs and seeds.  Stuff the peppers with the turkey mixture and place upright in the baking dish.  Spoon the marinara sauce over the stuffed vegetables.

4.  Bake uncovered until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown and a thermometer inserted into the filling registers 165 degrees F, about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with additional cheese.  Return to the oven for five minutes.  

5.  To serve, let peppers rest three minutes, then transfer to a platter and serve with additional sauce.
three years ago: One of my mom's all-time favorites--ciabatta pizza with walnut pesto.


Pretend Chef said...

My guy loves bell peppers but they don't love him. I wish they got along so I could try out this recipe. I haven't had stuffed peppers since I was really little. Sigh. My favorite comfort food would have to be my mom's baked chicken and roasted veggies and banana coconut cream pie for dessert.

That Girl said...

In terms of "mom meals" my favorite is her chili or minestrone soup. Funny how most comfort meals are warm.

cookingwithchrissy said...

These look great! My fiance loves stuffed peppers, as well as sausage, so Im sure he would love these! Can't wait to try them, thanks!

Alice said...

It's my comfort food...

Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) said...

I couldn't get B to eat stuffed peppers if I tied him down and held his mouth open. But this is one of those recipes that I frankly don't care if he won't eat! I'm making them today, like it or not! They look unreal. Too good to be true!

And so one of my comfort foods as well!