Ann Nurse's Baked Stuffed Peppers

Ann Nurse's Baked Stuffed Peppers
Staff Writer

Penny de los Santos

Not like typical stuffed peppers with a meat or rice filling, these are baked with a sprinkling of pine nuts and capers, topped with seasoned breadcrumbs, and drizzled with olive oil. They make a fine first course alongside other simple antipasti, or a great side dish with plain grilled or roasted meat or fish. These peppers are typical of the Italian region of Puglia, where Ann’s family has its origins. For advance preparation, get everything ready and bake close to the time you intend to serve them, or bake the peppers early in the day for the evening. However, don’t make these the day before or the breadcrumbs will lose their freshly toasted flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1  Cup  well drained canned plum tomatoes, crushed
  • large red or yellow bell peppers, or a combination
  • 1/3  Cup  pine nuts
  • 1/3  Cup  tiny capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1  Cup  dry breadcrumbs
  • large cloves garlic, peeled and finely grated
  • 3  Tablespoons  finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3-4  Tablespoons  olive oil

Directions

Set a rack in the middle level of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Evenly spread the tomatoes in the prepared baking dish.

Rinse the peppers and drain them. Halve or quarter the peppers, depending on their size, and pull away the stem and seed pod. Shake or brush away any stray seeds. Arrange the pepper pieces, skin side down, on the tomatoes. Sprinkle the pine nuts and capers on top.

Mix the breadcrumbs with the garlic and parsley and top each piece of pepper with about 1 tablespoon. Drizzle the olive oil over the breadcrumb topping. Bake the peppers until they are tender and the breadcrumbs are deep golden, about 30 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure the tomatoes are not drying out too much. If necessary, add 1-2 tablespoons of water, but be sure to place it directly in the pan to avoid wetting the breadcrumbs.

Cool the peppers and serve them warm or at room temperature.
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
26g
37%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
23g
18%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
11µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
14µg
16%
Calcium, Ca
55mg
6%
Choline, total
20mg
5%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
53µg
13%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
58mg
18%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
82mg
12%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
292mg
19%
Water
89g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Stuffed Peppers Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Stuffed Peppers Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.