Yemista - Stuffed Peppers Cypriot Style

"A very tasty recipe for stuffing peppers but works just as well for big beef tomatoes. One of a variety of ways used to stuff peppers used in Cyprus and Greece"
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8 peppers




  • cook the rice following your normal method.
  • In a large pan soften the onions in the olive oil until a good colour is achieved.
  • Add the mince and cook until coloured.
  • Add the spices (mint, oregano, salt, pepper, cinnamon and garlic) stir in well and cook for a minute.
  • add the veg stock and again stir in well.
  • add the hot water making sure you get all the stuck bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook down on a medium heat until the mix is almost dry again.
  • Add the cooked rice and stir well.
  • Add the freshly chopped parsley and stir in.
  • Cook until dry (so no puddles of liquid are there, but is still moist).
  • Cut the peppers in half through the middle (ie through the stalk) and remove seeds and internal bits.
  • Fill each half with the mix.
  • Cover with the grated cheese.
  • Roast in the oven until soft - takes about 30-40 minutes at 200°C.
  • Serve hot by themselves as a starter, with chips and salad for a main course or even work well on a plate as part of a buffet.

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First started cooking like most people with my mother and grandmother when I was a small child. Even back then I like to mess with food and create different things (pizza toast, cheese spread toasted, fried bread made by buttering the bread and toasting it under the grill..) you can see I was heavily influenced by toast back then but I was only 8 or so... By about 12 I'd started helping out on a sunday with the cooked breakfast, sometimes even doing it all. Since then I've cooked for myself and then for my family and now very extended family. However my real passion for food took off after going on holiday and trying wonderful new dishes that I'd previously never even heard of. This meant once home I'd be having a go at recreating what I'd had... This is still what I'm doing today along with coming up with new and different twists on things and improving on recipes I've made and dishes I've had... welcome to my World LOL Steve
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