Stuffed Sweet Red Pepper Bites

ysm bell peppersPeppers are some of my favorite examples of delicious summer vegetables. Yes, they can be found around your local supermarket all year long, but this time of year is when they are the most flavorful and crisp. Peppers come in many different varieties, shapes, sizes and even vary in levels of spiciness. Finding the perfect pepper for you is easy by buying some new varieties and using them in your newest recipes!

One of my favorite types of peppers is the small sweet red pepper that you can commonly find in the bags with other small colored peppers. I like these so much because they are very mild and sweet. They are perfect to cut up into a salad, eat with some hummus or even stuff and roast!

Peppers contain many different nutrients that are incredibly beneficial for your entire body, but they are especially nutritious for your eyes. These peppers contain zeaxanthin, which is an incredible nutrient for your ocular health. Zeaxanthin will greatly improve the general health of your eyes, and may also reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

 

Stuffed Sweet Red Pepper Bites

Ingredients

  • 6 small baby bell peppers (colors vary)
  • 1 16-oz. container of ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Bread crumbs
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the tops of the baby bell peppers off clean out the insides. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place into a baking dish so they will stand up.
  2. Make herbed cheese mixture by mixing cheeses, garlic cloves, shallots and herbs together.
  3. Using a spoon add cheese to fill inside the peppers. Dust with breadcrumbs, and more grated parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake in an oven at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes covered with aluminum foil. For the last five minutes remove the foil and allow the crumbs to crisp up.