Stuffed Peppers (Ardei Umpluti)

Stuffed Peppers (Ardei Umpluti)

People always ask me what are some of the ethnic Romanian dishes? Well I don’t know how Romanian stuffed peppers are, but it’s one of the dishes I grew up eating and is very popular in Romania. Now, of course there are many different variations of stuffed peppers. You can practically stuff them with anything, if you’re vegetarian you can just stuff them with rice and herbs, but for us meat lovers we usually stuff them with ground pork and sometimes we mix ground pork with ground beef. Again just like with cabbage rolls and meatballs, they seem to taste better with pork, probably because pork is fatter so when you cook the stuffed peppers they don’t come out dry and are nice and juicy. I have personally tried to stuff these with turkey, chicken, but my favorite is with pork, so I am sticking to pork for these babies. As for what type of pepper you can use bell peppers work just fine, but normally they are done with Hungarian yellow peppers which are not as thick as bell peppers.

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs ground pork
  • about 5 to 10 peppers, depends on the size of the peppers (I used 12 because they were small)
  • ½ cup long grain rice
  • 1 onions finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • parsley finely chopped
  • dill finely chopped
  • parsley finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste and other spices you may prefer
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups of water
Read the whole recipe on Jo Cooks