Halloween is almost upon us which means it’s time to turn every meal into some sort of spooky wooky goodness. We’re beginning our Halloween-inspired recipes this week with a delicious and simple idea, stuffed pepper pumpkins.
This easy idea is perfect for a Halloween dinner party or if you just fancy spookifying a meal for the only part of the year where it’s acceptable to make food as scary and gross as possible. This recipe makes three stuffed peppers, perfect to go alongside some veggies and hand-cut chips or a freshly cut salad.
If you haven’t watched the video yet, be sure to check it out at the top of the page with the sound ON (so you can hear the obligatory creepy sounds).
The vegetables we used for this recipe can easily be swapped out if you fancy something different or have a fave veg you love to use. We love the taste of the combinations we used, the soy sauce and garlic really give the rice a lot of flavour that goes so nicely with the pepper. Depending on how you like it, feel free to add more or less seasonings to make it perfect for you.
The best part of this recipe is definitely cutting out the faces on the peppers. Let your creativity run wild, we went for a combination of happy and scary little faces for our pumpkins. We used a small sharp knife and that was perfect for cutting out the faces. No pepper parts were wasted in the making of this recipe, all of our pepper offcuts go to our recycling bins aka guinea pigs.
After cutting out your faces, cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on your pumpkins as they can get a bit droopy and soft. You want them cooked but still a bit crunchy so they keep their shape.
We used cooked brown rice as it’s one of our favourites but any sort of rice would go with this recipe if you have a preference.
Be sure to share your scariest stuffed pepper pumpkin photos with us! Enjoy!
1. Cut off the lids of all three peppers and cut into them to make scary faces.
2. Cook the peppers for 15 minutes at 200°C.
3. In a frying pan, heat the oil then add the cooked rice, all the vegetables and fry for 10 minutes.
4. Stuff the rice mixture into the peppers, serve up with a salad and enjoy.