Recipe Box: Stuffed Peppers with Jarlsberg Cheese and Italian Sausage

It’s raining like nobody’s business today and all I want to eat is comfort food.  I think I’ll do just fine with green peppers stuffed with rice, fire-roasted tomatoes, savory sweet Italian sausage and, you guessed it,  Jarlsberg cheese.

Gluten Free Stuffed Jarlsberg Peppers

This is a gluten-free spin on my grandmother’s classic stuffed pepper dish.  I originally put it together for Kitchen PLAY’s “29 Ways to Leap into Jarlsberg Dip”, an event hosted by Jarlsberg USA featuring 29 food bloggers from across the United States.  This recipe serves 4 to 6 people.

What You Need:
4 green bell peppers
8oz Jarlsberg Dip with Red Onion or homemade mix (see below)
1-1/2 cup instant rice
1 10-oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained
1 package of sweet Italian-style turkey sausages
Fresh ground black pepper

For homemade mix
In a medium-sized bowl combine 4 ounces freshly grated Jarlsberg Swiss cheese, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon fine chopped red onion.  Store in a covered container for at least 2 hours.

What You Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Wash and cut peppers for stuffing.
  2. Quick roast peppers on stove burner.  A simple way to do this is to insert tongs inside the pepper and roll it on the burner.  Be careful, you only want to add a little color to the skin!
  3. In a large bowl, mix together Jarlsberg Dip with Red Onion, fire roasted tomatoes and instant rice.
  4. Brown sausages in small frying pan.  Cut into ½” pieces and add to rice mixture.
  5. Arrange peppers to fit snuggly in a baking pan or casserole dish.  Stuff with rice mixture and top with freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Cover with foil and place on middle rack.  Cook for one hour, or until peppers are tender.  Remove the foil the last ten minutes for browned tops.  Let cool for 10 minutes before eating.

GF Stuffed Bell Peppers

The recipe below is a quick and kid-favorite recipe that can be made with beef, ground turkey or without for vegetarians.

What You Need:

6 medium bell peppers
½ pound lean ground beef
2 cups tomato sauce
3 cups cooked rice
1 small onion, finely chopped
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced

What You Do:

  1. Halve each pepper widthwise.  Remove seeds.  Place tops and bottoms on plate and cook covered in microwave for 5 minutes.  Remove and cool.
  2. Coat 13×9” glass baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.  Place rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375°F.
  3. In a skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until browned.  Stir in 1 cup of tomato sauce, cooked rice, onion and spices.  Spoon the mixture into the peppers.  Add tops.  Leftover mixture can be frozen for a quick lunch.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the sauce starts to bubble.  Heat the remaining cup of tomato sauce over medium heat for 5 minutes and drizzle over the stuffed peppers.