We also had a surprise pepper plant this year, I bought a six pack of jalapenos and another pepper variety must have found its way into the mix. I am not quite sure what the variety is, I'm thinking maybe Anaheim chili peppers. I am quite glad for the mistake, we have been enjoying them with our eggs at breakfast, sauteed in a little butter, they have a little bite, but overall are pretty mild. I hope to find the same variety next year, any pepper growers out there recognize what this variety might be?
Here's my recipe for Sausage Barley Stuffed Bell Pepper Bake.
Roughly 2 cups chopped mushrooms (white or mini portobello)
olive oil for sauteing
1 pound mild country sausage (or regular if you like a little more spice)
3 cups pre-cooked barley (cook according to directions on bag)
3-4 bell peppers (or more if they area little smaller)
2 - 14.5 oz cans of chicken broth
salt, pepper, Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ( or a shredded cheddar blend)
Meanwhile, wash peppers, and either cut them in half lengthwise or cut out the top (depending on pepper size, I cut extra large ones in half and lay them on their sides, and remove the tops of the smaller peppers and stuff them upright) clean out seeds and core. Set peppers in a large baking pan. When filling is ready, fill each pepper with mixture, then spoon the rest of the mixture around the peppers in the baking pan, then add 1 can of chicken broth to the pan around the peppers. Cover with foil and bake at 375 F. for about 45 minutes to an hour, until peppers have softened. Then remove foil sprinkle cheese over the top of peppers, and return to oven for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
This was a delicious dinner, the whole family enjoyed it. I love using veggies fresh from the garden in my cooking, this recipes will definitely be on the list during pepper season!
Fall is definitely in the air. My little corn stalk is starting to grow us a tiny ear of corn.
The Hydrangea flowers are turning a beautiful purple blue color.
Last week, when I was on a walk with my niece and nephew, we spotted these beautiful little acorns. Acorns always make me think of fall. I always look forward to this time of year. :)