My 7 year old thought of this fun dinner in the grocery store the other day. I tried to make the recipe simple for the extra time you will spend cutting out the face,etc.. However it really takes no time at all! This is how we made our Jack-o-Latern & Frankenstein Stuffed Peppers...
Spooky Stuffed Peppers..
1 pound ground turkey (we like Perdue)
1 pouch of microwave brown rice (1 1/2 cups)
4 green & orange bell peppers
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup of mozzarella cheese
a hand full of raisins
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Brown the ground turkey (or beef) in the pan and drain.
3. Cut off the tops of the peppers. Remove the seeds and membranes of the bell peppers (save the tops and scraps). Cut a pumpkin face out of the orange peppers and cut eyebrows out of the green pepper for Frank. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward. (Slice the bottoms of the peppers if necessary so that they will stand upright and you can see the faces).
4.In a bowl, mix the browned turkey, cooked brown rice, 1 1/2 cans tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each hollowed pepper. Mix the remaining tomato sauce and Italian seasoning and pour over the stuffed peppers. Top them with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
5.Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender.
While they are baking... take the tops of the green peppers and cut the edges to look like Frankenstein's hair. Do this with kitchen scissors...it's a lot easier that way. We couldn't think of a way to make the hair black other than charing it and that wouldn't look good. They ended up being a darker green anyways so it turned out just fine. We cut raisins in three to make the mouth and used them for his pupils. We attached them with just a little bit of cream cheese. You could just cut the mouth out as well and skip the raisins. Take the inside pepper scraps and cut out Frankenstein's eyes and electrodes.
I never thought in a million years that my boys would ever eat peppers, but this sure did the trick and they thought it was such a treat!:) We hope that you like them as well!