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Recipes Tagged with “bellpepper”

Mixed Grill

main course bellpepper chicken pence sausage


  • olive oil
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 lb. fresh sausage links (Italian or Bratwust)
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 each red, orange, and yellow bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 small container brown mushroom caps
  • 1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce brown rice


Salt & pepper the chicken thighs. Heat a little olive oil in your largest skillet, add thighs skin-side down, cover, and cook until lightly browned. Cut sausage links into thirds. Flip chicken, add sausage, cover, and cook until sausage starts to brown, turning once to cook evenly. Add onion and garlic. Cook (without lid) and stir until onion begins to wilt. Add peppers and mushrooms. Stir occasionally while veggies cook.

When peppers and mushrooms are done to your liking, add sauces and stir until the pan juices thicken and glaze the meats and veggies.

Serve with brown rice.

Lebanese-Style Peppers

main course bellpepper lamb mediterranean untested


  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 2 large green bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, stemmed and seeded, diced
  • 1 small orange bell pepper, stemmed and seeded, diced
  • 1/2 small eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 1/4-1 tsp. salt, to taste
  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 c. chunky tomato sauce or puree
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2-1 c. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1/2 c. plain greek yogurt, optional
  • fresh lemon wedges, optional


Preheat oven to 350. Mix the first seven ingredients and set aside. Remove the tops from the green peppers, slice in half, and remove seeds and ribs. Place in an 8x8 pan, bowl up.

In a large skillet, heat oil at medium heat. Add onion, cook 5 minutes. Add the diced bell peppers, cook until onion is golden and soft. Remove and cool. Sautee the eggplant over medium-high heat until brown but still holding its shape. Add a dash of salt and the spice mix. Cook 1 minute and add to onion/pepper mix.

Brown the lamb, breaking into small pieces. At the end, add garlic, stir, and remove from heat. Cool slightly. Drain any oil or juices and stir in tomato sauce and 1/2 tbsp. spice mix. Remove from heat and cool. Add oregano to the feta, and mix.

Divide the meat/tomato mix between the peppers. Layer with the mix of peppers, onions, and eggplant. Cover with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes until the green peppers soften. Remove foil for the last 10 minutes. For the last 5 minutes, add the feta. Serve with yogurt and lemons if desired.

Penzey’s Spices

Tenderloins with Peanuts

main course bellpepper curry pork untested


  • 3 green bell peppers
  • 3 yellow bell peppers
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp curry paste (pref. Indian)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • scant 1 c. peanuts, chopped
  • scant 1 c. coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp. peanut oil
  • 3 small pork tenderloins, about 2 1/2 lb.


Preheat the oven to 350F. Place the whole bell peppers on a cookie sheet and roast, turning occasionally, for 20 minutes, until the skins are charred. Remove from the oven and let cool. Peel off the skins and set the whole bell peppers aside.

Chop the stems and leaves of the cilantro, then mix with the curry paste, garlic, and peanuts in a bowl. Alternatively, place the bunch of cilantro, the curry paste, and garlic in a food processor and process until finely chopped and thoroughly combined. Dry-fry this paste in a pan, stirring constantly, until it gives off its aroma. Stir in the coconut milk and cook until reduced.

Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the tenderloins and cook over high heat, turning occasionally, for 10 minutes, until evenly browned and cooked through. Meanwhile, reheat the bell peppers in the oven at 350F.

Arrange the tenderloins and the whole peppers on a board and serve the sauce separately.

Stéphane Reynaud, Pork & Sons

Hungarian Pepper Salad

side dish bellpepper hungarian pence salad


  • 3-5 red bell peppers, roasted and peeled
  • 2-4 cloves garlic
  • vinegar (sherry or balsamic work well)
  • olive oil


Seed the peppers and slice into strips, roughly 2"x4". Spread in an even layer on a plate or low baking dish. Mince garlic and sprinkle over the top. Sprinkle with a healthy amount of vinegar and olive oil.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

side dish bellpepper dip untested vegetarian


  • 3 large red bell peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1/2 to 1 cup ricotta cheese, drained
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt


Heat broiler or grill. Roast peppers and garlic cloves on a foil-covered broiler rack, turning as needed, until skins blacken on all sides, about 30 minutes. Place peppers in a small paper bag (or place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap) until cool. Remove skin and seeds. Place peppers in a food processor; squeeze roasted garlic out of skins into the processor. Pulse until nearly pureed. Add 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and salt to taste; pulse until well-blended, adding more cheese if needed for dipping consistency.

Note: This dip goes well with toasted Italian-bread slices or your favorite chips. Add more garlic or additional chopped herbs, if you like.

Makes 3/4 cup.

Chicago Tribune

Pan-Fried Chili Corn

side dish bellpepper corn vegan vegetarian


  • 1 1/2 c cooked corn kernels (you don’t need to cook frozen or canned corn in advance)
  • 1/2 c coarsely chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1 to 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • sea salt


Saute all ingredients over medium-high heat until corn in lightly browned. Sprinkle with sea slat.

Holy Crap Coleslaw

side dish apple bellpepper cabbage untested vegan vegetarian


  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/4 whole cabbage
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


Juice lemons. Peel apples.

Julienne the cabbage, the apples, and the peppers.

Add lemon juice, oil, salt, and poppies.

Mix. Chill. Eat!

Richard Kent