Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite meals from my childhood. My mother made the best ones I have ever tasted. I still to this day cannot perfect mine. One thing she didn’t do was make them in to Jack-O-Lanterns!!! Halloween is one of my fave things and so are stuffed peppers so it is only fitting that the 2 should be combined.
6 medium size bell peppers, any color
1 lb. lean ground chicken
1/2 lb. ground turkey
3 slices diced turkey bacon, uncooked
1 small onion, chopped
2 large carrots (or baby carrots)
12 oz. tomato sauce (a sweet-ish flavor)
1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup cooked white rice or brown
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish.
3.Combine the ground chicken, ground turkey, bacon, onion, tomato sauce, grated carrot, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
4.Mix in cooked rice (please remember to cook the rice…it is a sad situation if you don’t)
5.Wash the peppers
6. Cut jack-o’-lantern faces into the peppers with a sharp paring knife, making triangle eyes and noses, and pointy-teeth smiles. (you can make any design you want)
7. Slice off the tops of the peppers, and scoop out the seeds and cores.
8. Stuff the peppers lightly with the stuffing mixture
9. Place them into the prepared baking dish so they lean against each other.
10. Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender and the stuffing is cooked through and juicy (about 1 hour depending on pepper sizes and how much you stuffed).
You can opt to stuff peppers with vegetarian meat options or vegetables. You can even put dips in them as long as the dip isn’t very runny but if it does happen to ooze out of the jack-o-lantern all the more creepy right??