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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Eating Well Wednesday - Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers

The second installment of Eating Well Wednesday features another 'Greek' titled recipe. This one titled Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers. I thought the filling was so tasty that I was happy there was some extra and ate it later in the evening. I enjoyed this recipe although my biggest suggestion is to not steam the peppers as they do, but to bake them the standard way as I found the to be soggy when steamed as they instructed.

4 yellow, orange and/or red bell peppers
½ cup whole-wheat orzo
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
6 ounces baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
¾ cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed), chopped
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red-wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt
1. Halve peppers lengthwise through the stems, leaving the stems attached. Remove the seeds and white membrane. Place the peppers cut-side down in a large microwave-safe dish. Add 1/2 inch water, cover and microwave on High until the peppers are just softened, 7 to 9 minutes. Let cool slightly, drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add orzo and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

3. Mash chickpeas into a chunky paste with a fork, leaving some whole.

4. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add spinach and oregano and cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in the orzo, chickpeas, 1/2 cup feta, tomatoes, vinegar and salt; cook until heated though, about 1 minute. Divide the filling among the pepper halves and sprinkle each pepper with some of the remaining 1/4 cup feta.


girlichef said...

These are so pretty!

5 Star Foodie said...

What a great idea to use orzo and feta to stuff the peppers. I love these Greek flavors! Very nice photo!

Katherine Aucoin said...

These look so tasty. I'm am going to try these, a very different twist on the traditional New Orleans stuffed peppers that I'm used to. Beautiful photo too!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Looks so perfect. I've never thought to stuff with orzo.

Nicole said...

This one is right up my alley, I love greek food! I am having a hard time finding any peppers right now that aren't grown in Mexico. The regulations down there are a bit lax when it comes to cleanliness of the water so I avoid them. I hope by next month we'll have some locally grown ones coming in then I'll try this out.

Soma said...

I love orzo.. I have made stuffed pepper with rice. Orzo is much much better idea. there is always a next time in cooking right?
Soma( said...

These look wonderful! I love these peppers!!!!

matzoball said...

this looks so good!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Gorgeous photo and what a yummy dish! I agree with your tip about not steaming the peppers ... I did that once before filling too and it was def. a mistake. I must try these the look amazing!

Chef Fresco said...

Haha we made these too: We actually decided to bake instead of zap them in the microwave and they turned out perfect!

Tangled Noodle said...

Darn! I just used my yellow peppers in tonight's bean dish. Still, an orzo and feta stuffing is worth buying some more!

Lizzy said...

I had a bad experience once with a stuffed pepper at someone's house. But these look phenomenal. I might be able to get over my trauma with these!

Daily Spud said...

You've given me a tasty idea for what to do with those peppers I have in the fridge and I never need much persuading to put chickpeas in anything!

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