With an appealing crunch and a mix of sweet and tangy flavors, sweet peppers (or bell peppers) give any dish a colorful pop.

How to Stuff Sweet Peppers

Step 1: Prepare filling

Orzo-Stuffed Peppers with Mint and Feta

In a large saucepan cook 1/2 cup chopped onion and 2 minced garlic cloves in hot oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in two 14-1/2-ounce cans chicken broth. Bring to boiling; add 1-1/2 cups uncooked rice, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/8 teaspoon paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, covered, about 40 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat and stir in one 14-1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained; one 11-ounce can whole kernel corn; and, if desired, 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro.

Step 2: Stuff peppers and bake

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice tops from 8 small (or 4 large) sweet peppers; remove and discard seeds. In a 3-quart rectangular baking dish, arrange peppers in a single layer. Spoon rice mixture into peppers. If desired, place pepper tops on filling. Bake, covered, about 30 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender and rice mixture is heated through. For more tender peppers, increase the baking time to 40 to 45 minutes.

How to Grill Sweet Peppers

Grilled Sweet Peppers
  • Wash peppers. Brush whole peppers with olive oil.
  • For a charcoal grill, place peppers on the grill rack directly over medium coals. For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place peppers on grill rack over heat.
  • Grill (uncovered on a charcoal grill; covered on a gas grill) for 25 to 30 minutes or until skins are charred and peppers are tender, turning often to evenly char the skins.
  • Remove peppers from grill and wrap in foil.
  • Let stand about 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Prepare according to recipe.

How to Roast Sweet Peppers

Roasted Peppers
  • Wash peppers and halve lengthwise.
  • Remove stems, seeds, and membranes.
  • Place pepper halves, cut sides down, on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in a 425 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Bring foil up around peppers to enclose.
  • Let stand about 15 minutes or until cool.
  • Use a sharp knife to loosen edges of the skins; gently pull off the skins in strips and discard.

How to Cook Sweet Peppers on the Stove

Cooked Sweet Peppers
  • Wash peppers and remove stems, seeds, and membranes.
  • Cut peppers into rings or strips.
  • Cook peppers, covered, in a small amount of boiling salted water for 6 to 7 minutes or until crisp-tender.

How to Cook Sweet Peppers in the Microwave

Garlicky Peppers and Shrimp
  • Wash peppers and remove stems, seeds, and membranes.
  • Cut peppers into rings or strips (1 medium bell pepper equals 1 cup) make about 2-1/2 cups).
  • Place peppers in a casserole dish with 2 tablespoons water.
  • Microwave, covered, on 100 percent power (high) for 2 minutes per cup of peppers or until crisp-tender, stirring once.

How to Steam Sweet Peppers

Full-Steam-Ahead Fish
  • Wash peppers and remove stems, seeds, and membranes.
  • Cut peppers into rings or strips (1 medium bell pepper equals 1 cup).
  • In a steamer cook peppers for 12 to 15 minutes or until crisp-tender.


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