Making the most out a little minced pork, this dish makes for a tasty and different lunch. Originally I came up with a slightly different version without meat which was inspired by holidays to Cyprus, this is a twist on that.
- 50 ml olive oil (for frying)
- 200 g long grain rice
- 6 large bell peppers (cut in half length ways)
- 300 g onions, diced (3 small)
- 150 g celery, diced (2 sticks)
- 300 g pork, mine
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 -2 tablespoon tomato puree
- 3 garlic cloves (chopped or crushed)
- 500 ml vegetable stock
- 50 g grated cheese (optional)
- cook the rice as you normally do (follow the packet instructions) leave to one side.
- soften the onions in a large pan.
- add the diced celery.
- add the pork and stir in well allowing to colour.
- then put in the garlic, tomato purée, dried oregano, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and stir inches.
- cook the mixture together for a minute then add the vegetable stock, stir in well and allow to reduce by about half.
- At this point cut your peppers in half and scoop out any seeds or white ridges (leave the green stalk as it holds it together).
- When the pan mixture has reduced mix in the rice and then stuff the peppers with the mix.
- Give a little drizzle of olive oil and an optional sprinkle of grated cheese.
- Bake in a medium hot oven for about 30-60 minutes (so the peppers colour and soften but don't over do it).
I had bought some large Lozano peppers from the market and just happened to have some sausage meat around. This recipe was just what I needed, my only real change was to replace the celery with courgettes (zucchini) as they were available. I did five huge peppers and strongly suggest you cook them first, wrap them in cling film and then reheat the next day for delicious leftovers. Make sure you buy good quality peppers too. The longer this dish is left after cooking, the better it will taste! ?Qu? bueno, qu? bueno!