Have some fun on the spookiest day of the year with this Halloween stuffed peppers recipe.
To prepare this, we use 3 medium peppers: two red, one green. You can choose any different colors to make it more fun.
We use a small and sharp knife to create the face. Be very gentle and make sure you don’t break the peppers.
For the filling, we have ground beef, bacon, cheese as the main ingredients. To add more flavors, we have onion, cauliflower, garlic, leek (optional), salt and black pepper.
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How to Make Jack-o’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers
Prepping the Peppers:
- Wash the peppers and slice off the tops to create lids.
- Hollow out the peppers, removing seeds and white parts.
- Draw faces on the peppers using a marker, then cut out the designs with a small knife.
- Rinse the peppers to remove any ink, ensuring they remain intact.
- You can blanch (quickly boil) the peppers for better texture
- Lightly brush the peppers with olive oil and set aside.
- Dice the cheese, leek, onion, and bacon into small pieces.
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil and brown the bacon for about 10 minutes until it releases its fats.
- Add ground beef to the skillet, cooking in the bacon fats.
- Stir in the chopped leek and onion, mixing well until fully cooked.
- Incorporate the cauliflower, seasoning with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder. Cook until the cauliflower is tender.
- Turn off the heat and mix in the cheese.
Assembling and Cooking:
- Fill the hollowed peppers with the meat and vegetable mixture. Optionally, add extra cheese on top for added flavor.
- Place the pepper lids back on.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 370°F for 10-15 minutes.
- Serve warm and enjoy with other Halloween delights!
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Keto Halloween Stuffed Peppers
- Rinse the peppers well with water. Slice off the top with a sharp knife. The sliced portion should resemble a lid. Scoop out the seeds and any white parts. Basically, remove all the contents inside the pepper. Draw the face on the pepper with a marker. Cut out the holes with a small, sharp knife. Sprinkle the pepper with more water to wash out the ink completely but remember not to break the peppers apart.
- Coat the peppers with some olive oil. Set aside for later.
- Brunoise cut the cheese, leek, onion, and bacon.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Brown the bacon in the oil over medium heat. Leave in the pan for 10 minutes until the bacon produces fats.
- Place the ground beef in the bacon fats. Fry the chopped leek and onion in the fats as well. Mix the ingredients en masse to combine and cook completely.
- Put the cauliflower in the cooked meat and vegetables. Adjust the flavor with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder. Stir with a spatula up till the cauliflower is cooked. Turn off the heat.
- Combine the cheese into the mix.
- Stuff the cooked mixture into the empty bell peppers. If preferred, top with more cheese for a cheesier flavor before replacing the lid.
- Cook the peppers in the oven for 10-15 minutes. The oven must be preheated to 370°F.
- Enjoy warm with your other Halloween treats.
FAQ and Cooking Tips
How do you carve bell peppers for Halloween?
To carve bell peppers for Halloween, slice off the top to create a lid, remove the seeds and inner parts, then draw and cut out a Halloween face or design using a small, sharp knife. Rinse to remove any marker traces and seeds before using.
Should peppers be blanched before stuffing?
Yes, blanching peppers before stuffing softens them slightly, ensuring even cooking and a better texture when baked or cooked with the stuffing. It also helps retain their vibrant color.
Why are my stuffed peppers soggy?
Stuffed peppers can become soggy if they have excess moisture inside or if they’re overcooked. Using ingredients with high water content or not draining them properly can also contribute to the sogginess.
How do you soften peppers for stuffing?
To soften peppers for stuffing, you can blanch them by briefly immersing them in boiling water for 2-3 minutes and then transferring them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process. This method softens the peppers slightly, ensuring even cooking when stuffed and baked.