Almost Cooking: Stuffed Peppers

Since my brother’s away doing his senior project somewhere out of town, tonight I just had to cook for my dad and myself, so I figured I could get a little more adventurous with cooking. I scoured the internet for a few minutes and after a cursory glance at a recipe I knew I wasn’t going to follow, I decided to make stuffed peppers. Now, I’ve made stuffed peppers before. But they involved using rice and ended up bland. So I kind of knew what generally needed to happen. You cook filling and put it inside of peppers. Done.

I dug out of my fridge ground turkey, two tomatoes, two red bell peppers, a red onion (everything is red!), and some minced garlic (okay, garlic’s not red…).

Okay. So I set my olive oil to heat in the pan. Nothing exciting yet.

This is not an exciting picture.
This is not an exciting picture.

Then I chopped up the onion. See how smart I am, chopping the onion under the exhaust fan? No teary eyes here, bitches.

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This time I remembered to saute the onions before I cooked the turkey. I’m on a roll today, man.

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And then I added garlic.

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When the onions seemed reasonably cooked, I added the turkey.

 

While that was cooking, I chopped up a tomato. Now, I don’t know about you lot, but I fucking hate chopping tomatoes. It’s the worst. They get all mushy and drippy and generally messy. I always end up with tomato innards running down to my elbow, and it looks awful on the cutting board.

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I added the tomatoes to the pan, added whatever spices sounded good from my cabinet, and let everything simmer while I dismembered the peppers. For that, I cut the stem-y bits off and scraped out the insides, making sure that the edges stayed reasonably intact enough to make a little bowl. At this point I turned my oven on to preheat to 350F. I don’t remember if that’s what the recipe said, but whatever.

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Once my peppers were all ready, I lined a casserole dish with foil. The foil is optional, but let’s be real, it means I don’t have to put very much effort into washing out the dish. Then I put the filling into the peppers and laid them out on the dish, and baked them for 25 minutes. I pulled them out at 20 minutes and put mozzarella cheese on top, but I forgot to take a picture of that.

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That’s basically it. It’s super easy, but the catch is that there is no dainty way to eat these. I kept dropping things with every bite.

 

 

 

 

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