Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

A tangy, lighter take on stuffed peppers, this is a great make-ahead meal.

  • 4 Bell Peppers, mix of orange, yellow, and red.
  • 1 1⁄2 cups Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Fresh Thyme, chopped
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Fresh Mint, chopped
  • 1 pound Ground Lamb
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 2⁄3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 1⁄4 cups Israeli (Pearl) Couscous
  • 1⁄2 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • 6 ounces Crumbled Feta Cheese

Slice bell peppers in half lengthwise through stems (retain stems) and remove seeds. Place halves, cut side down, in a 12- by 17-inch baking pan. Bake in a 450º regular or convection oven until lightly browned and tender when pierced, 13 to 18 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over high heat, stir onions, garlic, thyme, mint, and rosemary in olive oil until onions are limp and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.

Add ground lamb and 1 tablespoons lemon juice. Stir until lamb is browned and crumbly, 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in broth, couscous, and remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then cover and remove from heat; let stand until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender to bite, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in parsley; add salt to taste.

Turn pepper halves over; fill each with about 2/3 cup lamb mixture. Sprinkle feta cheese evenly over filling. Bake until cheese is slightly melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer peppers to a platter.


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