Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Colorful AND delicious!

I had a request today for a recipe that I love making over an over.  It's an appetizer but can also be made as a meal using larger peppers.  I remember the day I bought the large bag of mini peppers from Costco and placed it on the kitchen counter and just looked at it for the next two days.  My goal was to make something exciting using such beautiful color and I believe I did just that.

This has a fabulous combination of color and flavor but the best part is that you can just pop these beauties in your mouth in two one or two bites.  Small, cute and delicious...

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage and Asiago

1 Bag mini peppers (3-4 lb.)
2 Tbl. olive oil
1 medium onion - chopped small
2 Cloves garlic - minced
1 Bunch broccoli rabe
1 lb. ground sausage
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup (or more) asiago cheese - grated

Begin by cutting off the top of the peppers and clean out the inside.  Bring water to boil and cook the peppers until soft.  At the same time, clean the broccoli rabe and add to another pot of boiling water for only about 3-5 minutes.  Drain well squeezing out excess water and when cool, chop into small pieces.

Heat olive oil in pan on medium heat, add onion for five minutes and then garlic for 60 seconds.  Add the ground sausage and cook through.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Remove from heat and add the broccoli rabe, asiago cheese and mix.

Preheat the oven to 350 and oil the bottom of a sheet pan.  NOW comes the messy part.  You need to stuff each pepper with the mixture.  Yes, it's messy and since they are small.  Since these are really cooked, you only need to keep them in the oven for approximately 15 minutes.  It does take patience but believe me, it will be worth it.  The flavor is worth the work!

Every time I make these whether for a guest in our home or for a client, they are gone quickly.  You might even liven up a Sunday football game with this dish.  You will definitely be invited back the next week!

Have a great day and remember, a good life deserves good food...

Fino a quel momento (until that time)


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