Mediterranean peppers

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
6 mediums Capsicums, red or green, even in size.
¾ cup Rice
4 tablespoons Oil, olive
2 \N Onions chopped.
2 tablespoons Nuts, pinenuts
1 teaspoon Salt
3 larges Tomatoes, ripe, peeled, seeded, chopped.
¼ teaspoon Pepper, ground
¼ teaspoon Allspice
2 teaspoons Sugar
2 tablespoons Parsley, chopped.

In a bowl, cover rice with boiling water and stand until it cools to room temperature. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan, add the onion and saut=82 until pale golden. Add pine nuts and fry for a minute. Add drained rice and salt and continue to stir until rice is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, ½ cup boiling water, spices, sugar and parsley. Reduce heat and cook a further 15 minutes until liquid is completely absorbed. Allow to cool completely.

Cut the tops off the capsicums and remove the seeds. Fill with rice stuffing, without packing tightly, and cover with the lids. Arrange close together in a heavy pan and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Pour over ½ cup boiling water, cover and simmer 25-30 minutes or until rice and capsicums are tender. Add more water if necessary to avoid burning. Cool in pan.

TIP: These look spectacular arranged on a large platter with lemon wedges.

Serve at room temperature as a first course or a luncheon, with plenty of crusty bread. They can be made the day before and kept airtight in the refrigerator.

from NEW IDEA / JUNE 20 1998 by SUZANNE GIBBS typed by KEVIN JCJD SYMONS Posted to MM-Recipes Digest by "Rfm" <Robert-Miles@...> on Aug 29, 98

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