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What to Serve with Stuffed Peppers

Updated on June 28, 2011

Stuffed peppers - widely known dish that is called with different names all over the world.

Stuffed Peppers are actually Bell Peppers with no insides – tops, seeds, membranes of the peppers are being removed, and thus you have a hollow pepper. Some also slice the bottom part of the pepper so it will stand upright. What is inside the stuffed pepper is what is cooked or prepared by the chefs that take up the most time.

What is “Stuffed” on Bell Peppers

The widely-cooked Stuffed Peppers are often “stuffed” with ground beef or pork with steamed long grain rice and just top it with a sauce of their choice. A simple vegetable stuffed pepper is stuffed with couscous instead of rice, and is served with parsley, beans, or peas to make it healthier. Chicken Cordon Bleu and Faux Gourmet Chicken Stuffed Peppers are also prepared usually to impress guests during small parties and it is quick to prepare too, this is often topped with melted mozzarella or ricotta cheese.

Stuffed Peppers of all kinds are prepared differently from all over the world. The Americans usually prepare the ones stuffed with ground beef, rice and cheese. The Romanians often prepare it with stuffed pork, rice, vegetables and spices, and then boil it from a sauce made of cream, tomatoes and spices. In Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, and the neighboring areas usually prepare it with minced meat and rice, still with the ground beef, but theirs is usually eaten with yogurt. In Mexico, they prepare it with in a different way. It is usually with taco, rice and salsa. Some of them even use Jalapeño peppers instead of green bell peppers, deep fried. In the Mediterranean, their Greek cuisine also consists of these baked stuffed vegetables, but they usually use rice or herb for their fillings.

Stuffed Peppers as Main Dish

Some serve their Stuffed Bell Peppers as a main dish, especially the large ones or those with heavy fillings, like the ones with rice, couscous, minced pork or chicken. These are heavy to digest. Side salad, tossed salad or maybe a fruit salad will then be added as their side dish in order to have a balanced and healthy meal. They can also opt to have steamed vegetables or crispy bread alongside their stuffed peppers instead.

Stuffed Peppers as Side Dish

But some also serve their Stuffed Bell Peppers as a side dish instead of a main dish specially the lightly filled ones. They are those that have vegetables as their fillings instead of the usual rice or couscous. If the Stuffed Peppers are served as a side dish, this is usually in tandem of pasta, baked beans or even the usual mashed potato. They will then pour over some tomato juice or a hot sauce just to add flavour to it, and maybe add coleslaw, broccoli, or green beans to the side. So as to complete the meal they prepared. Italian cooks often prepare theirs with grated cheese on top. But if you want to give it a Southwest flavour, cumin and chilli powder would suffice, if not barbecue sauce or curry to add Indian flavour to your stuffed peppers.

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      Chen 6 years ago

      That sound yummy Docmo! I hope to try that one of these days.

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Oh I do love my stuffed peppers - I lvoe the Greek stuffed tomatoes too with mince and cheese and rice. yum.