Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This recipe comes from Jere and Emilee Gettle, who own an heirloom seed business. I prefer to use red, orange or yellow peppers instead of green. Omit the seeds from the jalapeno if you prefer. Featured in Food and Wine, 8/11
- 4 large bell peppers
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 medium shallots, minced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- salt, to taste
- 3⁄4 cup long-grain rice
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
- 1 large jalapeno, chopped with seeds
- 3⁄4 cup oyster mushroom, cut into 1/2 in pieces
- 4 cups chopped spinach
- 1⁄4 cup chopped Thai basil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Thai basil (to garnish)
- Bring a pot of water to a boil.
- Slice the tops off the peppers, and dice into 1/4 in pieces. Seed and core the peppers, and boil them until just tender, about 4 minutes.
- Using tongs or a large skimmer, carefully transfer the peppers to paper towels and drain, upside down. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the cooking water.
- In a saucepan, heat 1 tbl grapeseed oil or melt 1 tbl of the butter.
- Add the shallots and garlic, season with salt, and cook over medium heat until softened.
- Add the rice and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 4 minutes.
- Stir in the coconut milk, ginger, curry paste and reserved cooking water, bring to a simmer; cover and cook over low heat until liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 deg.
- In a large skillet, heat the remaining oil or butter. Add the diced bell pepper tops and jalapeno, and cook over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms, cover and cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are browned, about 4 minutes.
- Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute.
- In a large bowl, combine the rice and the vegetables, add the chopped basil and lemon juice, and mix well.
- Stuff the peppers and place in a shallow glass or ceramic baking dish.
- Cover with foil and bake until the rice is heated through, about 45 minutes.
- Garnish with additional whole Thai basil leaves, if desired.
We liked these peppers, especially the Thai basil in the rice and garnish, which I used from my garden. I used red bell peppers from the farmer's market. Like another reviewer, I thought the taste of the coconut could have been more pronounced. While the recipe has a lot of great, flavorful ingredients, the end result was a little bland. I ended up melting some cheese on top of mine.
We love Thai food and this was delicious. I did use multi colored peppers instead of all green bell peppers. I just ate the stuffing because I do not like any kind of bell peppers. It was very flavorful and easy to make. Thank you for posting this great recipe.
A nice change of pace on stuffed peppers! I did use the green peppers, but next time I might try other colors as the green has a stronger flavor. Enjoyed the flavors in the rice -- next time I think I will use coconut oil vs. grapeseed oil to increase the flavor of the coconut milk as I love the combination of red curry paste with it. Served this dish with a side salad. Made for PRMR, March, 2013.