Posted by: inyomouth | November 6, 2009

Picadillo-Stuffed Peppers with CousCous

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My mom’s picadillo (or as I call it, peek-a-dealio) recipe is one of my favorites, so I thought I would try it when we had a friend over to visit! The interesting blend of cinnamon, chili powder, and raisins is DELICIOUS!


1 lb ground turkey

1 large onion, chopped

1 medium green pepper, chopped

1 clove garlic

1 can tomatoes

1/2 cup raisins

1 tsp. each of chili powder and cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves (chopped)

1/8 tsp pepper

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1 tablespoon olive oil

For just the picadillo:

In a large saucepan, cook turkey with onion and garlic until turkey is brown and the onion is tender. (Chop/mix it with a spatula until there is no more pink.) Drain off the excess fat. Stir in the tomatoes, raisins, chili powder, cinnamon, cloves and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Transfer to serving platter. Wipe skillet clean and pour in almonds and oil. Saute until lightly browned. Sprinkle on top of mixture. Serve.

For picadillo in peppers:

Instead of letting it simmer, pour the mixture evenly into 6 hollowed out green bell peppers. Put in the oven and bake for a half hour at 350 degrees. When almost done, wipe skillet clean and pour in almonds and oil. Saute until lightly browned. Sprinkle on top of peppers when you pull them out of the oven.

Couscous:

1 box whole wheat cous cous

1 handful chopped cilantro

1 box cherry tomatoes, halved

Follow directions on box of Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat couscous. When finished, mix in tomatoes and cilantro.

Thanks, mom! : )
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