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  • Beans Stuffed Zuchinni & Red Bell Peppers

    Bean Posted May 11, 2006 10:56 AM
    This was just on & looked great, everyone raved about it in the reviews! Change out the turkey for burger if you want.

    Stuffed Zucchini and Red Bell Peppers

    Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

    Difficulty: Easy
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 45 minutes
    Yield: 6 servings
    User Rating: 5 Stars

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 small onion, grated
    1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
    1 large egg
    3 tablespoons ketchup
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano
    1/4 cup dried plain bread crumbs
    1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
    2 zucchini, ends removed, halved lengthwise and crosswise
    1 short orange bell pepper, halved and seeded
    1 short red bell pepper, halved and seeded
    1 short yellow bell pepper, halved and seeded
    1 1/2 cups marinara sauce

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    Lightly drizzle the olive oil into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish. Whisk the onion, parsley, egg, ketchup, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the cheese and bread crumbs. Mix in the turkey. Cover and refrigerate the turkey mixture.

    Using a melon baller or spoon, carefully scrape out the seeds and inner flesh from the zucchini, leaving 1/8-inch-thick shells. Be careful not to pierce through the skin. Fill the zucchini and pepper halves with the turkey mixture, dividing equally and mounding slightly. Arrange the stuffed vegetables in the baking dish. Pour the marinara sauce over the stuffed vegetables.

    Bake uncovered until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown and a thermometer inserted into the filling registers 165 degrees F, about 45 minutes. Transfer the stuffed vegetables to a platter and serve.
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