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Total:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
15 min
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
15 min
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • About 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup homemade breadcrumbs or panko
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 7 medium red and orange bell peppers (pick square-ish/rectangular shaped ones for better plate presentation)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 firm, medium eggplant, peel half the skin, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • Olive oil spray
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 small fresh red chile, finely chopped or 1/2 teaspoon dried flakes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 ripe plum or small vine tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups tomato sauce or passata

Directions

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Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Heat about 1/4 cup EVOO in a small skillet with the butter. When the butter foams, add the garlic and stir 1 minute. Add the breadcrumbs and stir to soak in the oil and butter. Toast until light golden, then remove from the heat and cool. Mix the cooled breadcrumbs with the cheese and parsley.

Trim the tops off 6 peppers and reserve, then scoop out the seeds. Using a small, sharp paring knife, cut out a jack-o'-lantern face in each pepper. Set the peppers upright, and if a pepper is very unstable, trim the bottom to make the pepper stable. Season the peppers on the inside with salt and pepper, invert the peppers and place on a baking sheet, tops alongside. Seed and chop the remaining bell pepper and reserve.

Salt the eggplant and drain 15 minutes in a strainer or on a towel.

Spray the peppers with a little cooking spray and roast to char the peppers at the edges and tender-crisp doneness, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool to handle.

Heat the remaining EVOO in a large, deep skillet. Add the reserved peppers, thyme, chile, eggplant, onions and zucchini, and some salt and pepper. Cook the vegetables, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Add the tomatoes, stir another minute, and remove from the heat.

Combine the breadcrumbs with the vegetables and taste to check seasoning. Pour the tomato sauce into a casserole dish. Stuff the peppers, overstuffing the cavity a bit, and set the tops in place to complete the Jack-o-Peppers. Place the peppers into the dish as you fill them. Cool and store for a make-ahead meal.

To serve, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and roast until the peppers are hot through, 30 to 35 minutes.

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