So I know my recipes have been leaning a little on the unhealthy side lately! What can I say, I need comfort food sometimes, and for me, comfort food is cheese!!
This really is the best stuffed pepper recipe I have ever made! Something about the spices, creaminess and textures that just made it perfect! Next time, I would like to do it on the BBQ to give it a nice smoky taste!
Turkey & Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers
This recipe made 4 large red peppers. You can use any colour pepper, red and yellow will be sweeter and green will be more bitter. I also had leftover filling, but that is never a bad thing! I plan on stuffing a small zucchini for lunch 😁
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
- 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes or marinara sauce
- 4 oz cream cheese (about 3/4 of a brick)
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp crushed chili peppers
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 c. Cut a hole in the top of the pepper and take out all of the seeds. Keep top. Boil peppers (or put in microwave for 3-5 minutes) to soften. While they are softening, add olive oil to pan and saute onions and garlic until soft and fragrant. Add turkey and seasonings and cook until brown. Turn off heat and add rice and cream cheese. Stir until cheese is completely melted and incorporated.
Stuff peppers and replace the tops. Bake at 350 c until peppers are completely soft when punctured with a fork.
At this point, you can take the tops off and add some more cheese (cheddar is good!) and put back in oven for 5 minutes or until it is melted.
Plate on top of some marinara sauce and serve with fresh basil or other fresh herb!