Brazilian Peppers

    45 min

    Halved yellow and red peppers make bright containers for an ultra-easy stuffing of spicy rice and pinto beans, topped with crunchy nuts and well-flavoured cheese. All it needs is a crisp salad to accompany it. Delicious!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 red or yellow peppers, halved lengthways and cored
    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 1 red chilli, halved, seeded and finely chopped
    • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
    • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
    • 200g easy-cook white rice
    • 400ml boiling vegetable stock, made with a stock cube
    • 400g can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
    • 50g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
    • 50g Brazil nuts, roughly chopped

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Start cooking the peppers: Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan oven), gas 7. Season the insides of the pepper halves and put them cut side down on a lightly greased baking tray. Put them in the oven and cook for 12 minutes.
    2. Prepare the filling: While the peppers are cooking, heat the oil in a large pan and gently cook the garlic and chilli for 30 seconds. Stir in the oregano, tomato paste and rice. Pour in the stock, stir and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat a little and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes or until the rice is barely tender and most of the stock has been absorbed (there should be no more than 2 tbsp of liquid – if necessary, simmer uncovered for a further 1-2 minutes). Stir in the pinto beans and season to taste.
    3. Fill the peppers: Remove the pepper halves from the oven and turn them cut side up. Divide the rice filling among them (they should be completely filled with a nicely rounded top). Mix together the cheese and Brazil nuts, then scatter the mixture over the filling.
    4. Bake and serve: Return the filled peppers to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until they are tender and the top is golden brown and crisp. Serve at once.

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