Turkey-and-Rice Stuffed Peppers

Brown rice, dried currants and walnuts add excellent hearty texture to these turkey-stuffed bell peppers. Serve the peppers with a simple side salad for a wholesome and well-rounded weeknight dinner. Dovetailing Tip: Brown an additional 3\4 pound of ground turkey to be used day 5 in Spicy Turkey and green bean stir-fry.

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Serving size: 6
Calories per serving: 344

1 1/2 cups short-grain brown rice
1/4 cup dried currants or golden raisins
Kosher salt
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup fresh dill
1/2 cup fresh parsley
4 scallions, roughly chopped
6 medium bell peppers (any color)
8 ounces lean ground turkey
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Freshly ground pepper
1.15 ounces can tomatoes puree
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cinnamon stick
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Make the peppers: Combine 2 1/2 cups water, the rice, currants and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low; cover and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 45 minutes. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then transfer to a large bowl to cool, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and roast until lightly golden, 6 to 8 minutes; let cool, then finely chop. Pile the dill, parsley and scallions on a cutting board and finely chop.

Cut off the top of each bell pepper and reserve the tops; discard the seeds and white membranes. Put the turkey in a large bowl; add 1 cup mozzarella, 1/4 cup feta, the rice mixture, walnuts, all but 2 tablespoons of the chopped herbs, the garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Gently mix with your hands. Stuff each bell pepper evenly with the turkey-rice mixture; cover with the pepper tops.

Make the sauce: Whisk 3 cups water, the tomato puree, brown sugar, olive oil and cinnamon stick in a wide, deep saucepan. Arrange the stuffed peppers upright in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover and reduce the heat to medium low; simmer until the peppers are soft and the filling is cooked through, 50 to 60 minutes.

Preheat the broiler. Carefully remove the peppers from the sauce and transfer to a flameproof baking dish; remove the tops and set them aside in the baking dish. Toss the reserved 2 tablespoons chopped herbs with the remaining 1 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup feta in a small bowl and sprinkle over the filling. Broil until melted, about 2 minutes. Replace the pepper tops. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Serve the peppers in shallow bowls with the sauce.

Source: foodnetwork.com

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