Moroccan-style stuffed capsicum

Moroccan-style stuffed capsicum

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Aromatic savoury-and-sweet stuffed capsicums are a satisfying supper.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 1⁄3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 4 medium-to-large capsicums, tops cut off and seeded
  • 500 g organic, lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup currants
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable juice, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange zest
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Place capsicum upside-down in a microwave-safe round casserole dish just large enough to fit them. Add 1½ cm water to the dish and cover with a lid or inverted dinner plate. Microwave on high until the capsicum are tender but still hold their shape, three to six minutes. Drain the water and turn the capsicum right-side up.

Meanwhile, cook beef and garlic in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, four to six minutes. Stir in currants, cumin and cinnamon; cook for one minute. Stir in the rice and cook for 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat and stir in ½ cup vegetable juice, cup mint, orange zest, salt and pepper.

Spoon the beef mixture into the capsicum. Pour the remaining 2 cups vegetable juice into the dish and cover. Microwave on high until the juice and filling are hot, two to three minutes.

Serve the capsicum with the sauce; garnish with mint, if desired.

Recipe by Kitty Morse

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