Peppers Stuffed with Bulgur, Nuts & Raisins
To make the stuffed peppers: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.Advertisement
Plunge bell peppers into the boiling water and cook until just tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain, shaking out any water that may have accumulated in the cavities. Set the bell peppers, cut side up, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in currants (or raisins) and sun-dried tomatoes to taste. Add broth, bulgur, cinnamon and allspice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until all the liquid has been absorbed and the bulgur is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in pine nuts and season with salt and pepper.
Spoon the bulgur filling into the bell peppers. Bake, uncovered, until heated through, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro (or parsley).
To make the sauce: Stir together yogurt, garlic and salt. Serve alongside the bell peppers.
Note: Bulgur is made by parboiling, drying and coarsely grinding or cracking wheat berries. Don't confuse bulgur with cracked wheat, which is simply that--cracked wheat. Since the parboiling step is skipped, cracked wheat must be cooked for up to an hour whereas bulgur simply needs a quick soak in hot water for most uses. Look for it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets, near other grains, or online at kalustyans.com, buylebanese.com.
1 1/2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 fat