Beef Stuffed Peppers
This is a great recipe served as a starter.
- 375g lean beef mince
- 3 large red peppers
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ small onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 celery stick, finely chopped
- 250g antipasti prepared roasted vegetables, roughly chopped
- 200ml tomato passata
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 50g grated reduced fat cheese
- Fresh thyme sprigs, to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 200°C, 200°C Fan, Gas Mark 6.
- Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and membrane. Place on a baking tray, drizzle with the oil and roast for 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick frying pan and dry fry the mince with the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes, until the mince is brown, breaking up any lumps with the back of a spoon.
- Drain any excess meat juices from the pan and transfer to a large bowl. Add the roasted vegetables, passata, celery, oregano and seasoning.
- Remove the peppers, add the filling, cover with foil and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle over the cheese and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
- Garnish with the thyme leaves and serve immediately.