Thursday, August 27, 2015

Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers


Cubanelle peppers filled with aromatic potatoes and tofu and roasted with onions and cherry tomatoes. A great vegan side. GilledStuffedPepper2-SimiJois-2015


It was a very eventful day (pun intended) My neighbors have the cutest dogs ever, one silly to the bones and the other shy and he won’t look at me straight in the eye. I think he’s worried I will dognap him. Usually they are rather quite and very well behaved. Today morning one of them (silly one) was barking, moving from one window of the dinning room to the other. I assumed my neighbors were not home so I went around the fence to check: all was well.  Usually if they ever bark it is a symphony of two …so I got a bit worried. Hoping the other one was safe.  I waited,  it was almost thirty minutes. Finally, I texted my neighbor. After all the investigation - guess what ? Last night they had moved some tiles  by the deck (outside) and apparently one of them (you know which one) was sleeping when that happened. So today when he saw those tile boxes, he was alarmed and raised hell till he was let out to sniff and he declared them all safe and gave his stamp of approval.

I thought the story was adorable. They know I am fond of them so they choose to ignore me by looking the other way. My husband  on the other hand gets all the attention, as he is scared of dogs ( yes a grown man super scared of dogs) they love to bark at him, it’s hilarious. Growing up with a pet was the best thing ever, one learns so much. If Chicago was not that cold, I would get a dog. Walking a dog in 40 below is not something I look forward too, hate to see them cooped up indoors. Yes, the other minor issue of the Mr being scared, I need to work on that.

The recipe has nothing to do with the story, I just wanted to share it with you guys. This is hubby’s favorite and  he insisted I share it on the blog. Am surprised as he hardly every tells me what to blog about.

 You can grill it roast it on the gas top or roast it in the oven. The Cubanelle peppers are NOT hot at all. Almost like bell peppers.



1 cup tofu
2 cups potatoes boiled and mashed
1/4 cup bread crumbs ( preferably panko)
1tbsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1tbsp crushed red chili
1 tbsp garam masala
cilantro small bunch
salt to taste
4-5 tbsp olive oil

For oven, pre-heat oven to 500F

Cut the cubanelle peppers in half or make a slit, remove the seeds and keep side

For the filling : mix the tofu, potatoes, cilantro and the spices.

Do not add the panko.

 If you cut the peppers in half,  fill it with the potato filling, sprinkle panko on the open side. I prefer to slit them, as the pepper is quite shallow and the filling tends to fall apart.

If you are going to slit them. Fill the peppers, now add the panko on the open edge drizzle with oil and bake them in the oven for 20 minutes, keep rotating.

 In the last 5 minutes of baking, add the cherry tomatoes and onions, sprinkle with the same spices. Onions and tomatoes just take 5 minutes to roast.

For stove top. Heat pan, add oil and roast the peppers till done. Same for grilling

The advantage of oven, if you need to roast more than three, you can do them all together, don’t need to do it in batches.

 How easy was that ? Goes great with flat bread or rotis and some raita.



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