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Nibbles, Noshes, & Nachas

04/05/2021 04:02:26 PM


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Nibbles, Noshes & Nachas

Nachas-A Yiddish word meaning that you are happy and proud, especially of the accomplishments of your children

Discovering an international version of a common recipe adds a pleasant addition to our repertoire. This week, Persian Inspired Stuffed Peppers.




  • 6 large bell peppers (a combination of colors looks great)

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cups basmati rice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions

For the spice mix:

  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp sumac

For the sauce:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp saffron
  • juice of 1 lemon


  1. Rinse basmati rice well until water runs clear. In a small saucepan, combine the rice, 1 1/4 cups of water, and 3/4 tsp kosher salt. Cook per package directions, fluff with a fork, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and ground beef and a teaspoon of kosher salt. Using a flat wooden spatula to break up the ground beef, cook for about 10 minutes, until the meat is cooked through and just starting to brown, but some juices are still left in the pan. Add the tomato paste, mix well to incorporate, and set aside off the heat.
  3. Combine all of the ground spices in a small bowl, whisk, set aside.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice, chopped cilantro, parsley, mint, and scallions. Add the beef and onions mixture, and the spice blend. Using a large spoon, combine all filling ingredients thoroughly.
  5. Carefully cut off the tops of the peppers, trying to keep the stem intact. Using a spoon or small pairing knife, scoop out the membranes and the seeds. If the peppers are wobbly, you can carefully slice off a tiny bit of the bottom to level it, careful not to cut a hole in the skin. Arrange the peppers tightly together in a baking dish or cast iron skillet.
  6. Generously spoon the filling mixture in each pepper all the way to the top, packing it down slightly. Top each pepper with its stem top.
  7. In a small sauce pan, combine the 2 cups water, saffron, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp salt. Whisk to dissolve the tomato paste, then pour the sauce mixture between the peppers to fill the bottom of the baking dish.
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the peppers are fragrant and slightly wilted. Spoon some pan sauce into each pepper, and serve with slices of fresh lemon and a big green salad if desired.


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