Pepperpalooza

jar o peppers blog

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.

purple peppers blog

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.

green inside blog

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 . . .

one ball blog

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.

italian prune blog

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.

stuffed blog