Craving Ellie in My Belly is headed to Greece this week! I've never been to Greece but this is a great way to experience some of the flavors without throwing down a wad of cash or eating my weight in baklava.
Ali at The Healthy Hostess (check out her blog, you'll love it!) picked this recipe just for us, and I was excited because I still had some feta leftover after we made the baked shrimp with tomatoes a few weeks back. Feta isn't my favorite cheese but I'm trying to develop a liking for it. These peppers gave me another opportunity.
I'm not a beef lover. In fact, I ate no meat at all for over 20 years. It was just three years ago that I started eating chicken and turkey and beef every once in a while. So I decided to substitute ground turkey for the beef. Why is it that packages of ground turkey weigh exactly 1.25 pounds? I mean, most recipes call for a pound. I piled the extra ground turkey in the bowl and dumped in the other ingredients. The nagging voice in the back of my head was whispering "saute the onions, saute the onions..." but I ignored it, as I usually do. And I regretted it, as I usually do.
I decided to go natural, and donned a pair of gloves and mixed the ingredients with my hands. I mixed them really, really well. Rookie mistake. Unless you like solid stuffing in your peppers. Yeah, me neither.
This recipe was pretty easy to put together. I added powdered garlic and smoked paprika for extra flavor and wish I had added more. The flavor was a little understated, but all in all it was good. If I make this recipe again, I think I'll move the flavors to Italy, using a little mozzarella cheese in place of the feta and using homemade tomato sauce instead of the canned tomatoes. Oh, and I'll be more careful about overmixing the meat.