This toaster oven recipe makes 8 stuffed red pepper halves. Serve two halves as a main course or use one as a side dish. These stuffed peppers go very well with roasted chicken or turkey, since the filling is very similar to a fruit and nut stuffing. It makes for a much prettier presentation compared to simply serving a dish of stuffing or dressing. It also provides portion control, since each portion is separate and contained within the pepper.
These stuffed peppers use vitamin C rich red peppers rather than the standard green bell peppers. The filling is comprised of anchovies, fruits and nuts rather than the traditional meat or cheese fillings. This makes for a very unique flavor profile that you will love. The stuffed red peppers cook up perfectly in a toaster oven. The close proximity of the heating elements provides a beautifully browned top to these tasty stuffed peppers.
4 large red bell peppers
2 tablespoons of walnut oil
1 cup of whole wheat bread cut into 1/2 inch square pieces
12 whole anchovies, chopped
1/4 cup of golden raisins
1/4 cup of dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup of walnuts, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup of dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
Heat your toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil on the stove top.
Cook the whole red peppers in the boiling water for 8 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
Toss the whole wheat bread pieces with the walnut oil. You can use a different oil if needed, but walnut oil is a healthy option and the delicate flavor is perfect in this recipe. Bake the oiled bread pieces in your toaster oven for 10 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the anchovies, golden raisins, cranberries, walnuts, parsley, dry white wine and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.
Slice the cooled red peppers in half lengthwise. Remove the pith and seeds but leave the stem attached. Place them into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Evenly distribute the filing amongst the pepper halves. Bake in your toaster oven until they are hot throughout and the tops are golden brown; this should take about 30 minutes. Serve hot.