No, that’s not peppers stuffed with vegetarians. It’s peppers not-stuffed with meat… or peppers stuffed with not-meat. (One of those.)
Remember the days when I used to write funny pieces on Friday—or at least attempts at humor—rather than copying out of my recipe book? Yeah, those were good times, weren’t they. But I posted a photo of this one up on my personal Facebook profile, and my Facebook friends were so enthralled that now I am compelled to afflict you with yet another recipe involving beans and/or rice.
This one is actually exceedingly simple, and still I managed to screw it up. (So you might want to use a dose of caution and common sense if you try this.) It’s roasted peppers stuffed with spanish rice. I made it up myself! And still, it tastes pretty good. (Imagine that.) For the benefit of my Facebook friends, who want the recipe, I’ll explain to you what I think I ought to have done, and how I screwed it up in real life.
Let’s start with what I should have done. (So be aware that I haven’t actually tried this recipe yet, as written.)
Okay… What I did: Firstly, I forgot to sweat the onions. So I added them to the tomatoes and simmered, which evaporated some of the liquid and made the rice probably a little dryer than it would have been otherwise. (But it was still tender, just a little on the dry side, and we tend to like our rice mushy and sticky.)
I also forgot to mince the garlic, so I threw in a dash of garlic powder at the last minute. Oy.
Feel free to adjust the spices, as I did. In fact, I didn’t even think about how much I wanted, just dumped a little of each in… and boy was it spicy! By the time the rice was cooked in, though, the rice had subdued the heat substantially.
You will have some rice left over, which won’t fit into the peppers, even if you choose quite large peppers, as we did… giant freaks of nature. Left-over rice is good, because it’s yummy and also makes great leftovers.
One other thing I did: I roasted the peppers uncovered, without any sauce or cheese or anything on top, and the rice at the top dried out and browned. And it was quite crunchy. Not inedible, but there’s gotta be a better solution out there somewhere.
So there you have it. If you try this recipe or anything like it, I’d love to hear about your experiences.