Bulgur-Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Side Dishes, Side Dishes.
Take advantage of locally available, long, narrow shepherd peppers for this dish (just slit them lengthwise before stuffing and arrange on their sides in the baking dish). If you can't find them, any small sweet pepper about the size of your fist will do. Enjoy them hot or at room temperature.

Bulgur-Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredients
1/2 cup (125 mL) bulgur
4 small sweet red peppers (about 2 lb/1 kg total)
4 cups (1 L) mushrooms (12 oz/375 g)
2 tbsp (25 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh sage (or 1 tsp/5 mL dried, crumbled)
3/4 tsp (4 mL) each, salt and pepper
1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded Asiago cheese
1/4 cup (50 mL) toasted slivered almonds
1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp (25 mL) lemon juice
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced

Directions

1. In large bowl, pour 1-1/3 cups (325 mL) boiling water over bulgur; cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain and press out moisture; return to dry bowl. 2. Meanwhile, slice tops off peppers, leaving 2-inch (5 cm) high sides; core and scrape out seeds. Dice tops and set aside. 3. In food processor or by hand, finely chop mushrooms. In large nonstick skillet, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; fry diced peppers, mushrooms, onion, garlic, sage and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each of the salt and pepper until liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes. Add to bulgur along with cheese, almonds and parsley; toss to combine. 4. Spoon bulgur mixture into peppers, mounding if necessary. Place peppers, stuffed side up, in 8-inch (2 L) square glass baking dish. Drizzle with lemon juice and remaining oil; top with tomatoes. Sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. 5. Cover with foil; bake in 350F (180C) oven until peppers are almost tender, about 1 hour. Uncover and bake until tops are crusty, about 30 minutes. Serves 4 Nutrition Information: Per serving: about 302 cal, 10 g pro, 16 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 35 g carb, 8 g fibre, 12 mg chol, 564 mg sodium. % RDI: 15% calcium, 23% iron, 73% vit A, 518% vit C, 29% folate.

Source: www.canadianliving.com