It’s the time of year here in Minnesota when we harvest all the peppers and tomatoes and try to figure out what we will make from it all. Last year I canned sauces. This year there is not enough so most of what I am making is fresh. We had a great supply of habaneros this year from our trusty 4-year old plant. We’ve brought it in to winter over now. We also had mini bells, jalapenos and cherry bombs. I had given my mom some purple pepper seeds to try out and she harvested 5 from one plant yesterday. She gave me 2 of the peppers and I decided to stuff them and take them to her for lunch.
So here are the purple peppers. I think they are gorgeous. The insides are green. Also, if you boil the pepper or bake the pepper you will lose a lot of the purpleness.
I also had plenty of these little one ball squash. They are called one ball because they resemble the one ball on a pool table which is yellow. I think these are so cute! They will grow as big as you let them but I find they are tastiest at the one ball size. The seeds aren’t ginormous so you don’t have guests picking them out when you serve them . . .
I preheated the oven to 350 and prepared the peppers (I decided to stuff a one ball as well) by salting the insides after lopping off the top and scooping out the inside. I cooked some rice and then added a little worstechire. Next I cut up 1 small raw carrot, 1 small heirloom tomato, 1 mini red bell pepper, 1 mini orange bell pepper, and even a little Italian prune for a secret ingredient. I salted and peppered them generously and popped them in the oven with the tops on the vegetables but uncovered for 25 minutes.
When I was making them I thought I needed to add something- sausage would have been good. But my mother always appreciates a good vegetarian recipe so I decided not to add any. When I asked her how they were she quipped, “A little spicy sausage added to these would have been good.” So . . .I guess if you are a vegan or vegetarian leave it out but if you like the meat then probably go ahead and add it. She also thought they needed a little more salt so maybe soy sauce rather than Worstechire would have been good. Either way, I think it’s a good way to present what you grow in the garden.