Tunisian Stuffed Peppers
|Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Pearl Couscous, Sausage and Tomatoes|
|How to stuff a pepper|
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Tunisian Stuffed Red Peppers
Prep 15 minutes
Bake 30 - 45 minutes
6 Red Bell Peppers
1 pkg Near East Pearl Couscous Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil flavor
1 tbl olive oil
1 cup red onion, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
½ lb ground Sweet Italian Sausage
½ fennel bulb, chopped
1 15oz can petite diced tomatoes and juice
1 tablespoon, plus ½ teaspoon Harissa Spread ***HOT** adjust to taste
1 cup grated Fontinella Cheese
1 medium tomato, sliced into 6 thin slices
1 whole fire roasted yellow bell pepper (jarred variety), skinned and divided into 6 pieces
Cut tops of red bell peppers, remove seeds and ribs, rinse thoroughly, pat dry with paper towel.
Prepare Pearl Couscous according to package instructions, take off heat and let it absorb any remaining water, cool.
Preheat oven to 350˚ and pour diced tomatoes, chopped fennel and Harissa spread in bottom of quart dutch oven.
In a medium saute pan over medium-high heat, crumble and brown sausage about 5-7 minutes, add chopped onion, bell pepper and continue cooling until softened. Add ½ teaspoon Harissa, stir to blend. Take off heat and set aside.
In each pepper, layer first sausage mixture, filling about ½ of pepper, add slice of fire roasted pepper to separate, then add layer of couscous. Pack each layer. Top with thin sliced tomato, sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons cheese on top. Place filled peppers in tomato, fennel and Harissa sauce; cook covered for about 30-45 minutes. Remove lid for last 15 to brown cheese.
Traditional Organic Harissa Les Moulins Mahjoub available a Sur La Table
Info about Harissa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harissa
You can substitute another mild easy melting cheese to top these and I think it would be wonderful with either ground lamb or beef if you don’t want pork sausage.
I served this with a chopped cucumber salad with fennel and sour cream on top of shredded romaine lettuce. The cool cucumber balanced the hot Harissa nicely.