~ "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." ~ "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" ~ "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." ~ "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."~

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Feta Stuffed Roasted Mini Bell Peppers... Meze(or Mezze)

Feta Stuffed Roasted Mini Bell Peppers... I recently bought a little book on Meze or Mezze ,... Eastern Mediterranean appetizers or small bites. It is very similar to the Spanish tapas, Italian antipasto, Chinese dim sum or French hors d'oeuvres. I loved some of the recipes in the book, actually I liked them all! I would love to try all of them. Maybe, I will share some of them with you. So far I have made three simple recipes, which we enjoyed tremendously! This happens to be one of them. It is similar to the roasted bell pepper salad I make, except it uses mini bell peppers. You actually stuff these cute peppers with feta cheese. In the book, the feta cheese was more curd like( probably a bit more fresh than what you find in the stores). I didn't use too much feta to fill mine... I think it would have overpowered the flavors. But, I really liked these little peppers. It is a wonderful addition to any platter. Serve it with some hummus, eggplant dip(or baba ganoush), some olives and good pita bread (naan) and you have a wonderful meze selection....vegetarian too! If you are wondering where to get these mini peppers, you might check your local Costco. They have a decent size bag...Costco-like:).

You will need:

15-20 mini bell peppers
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 TBS cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
crumbled feta cheese
kalamata olives
chives or parsley

Place peppers on skewers or if you don't have any directly on a hot grill.
Grill until the skin is charred. You will need to turn them so that all sides will be charred.
Place the grilled peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. This will steam them and then you can peel them easier.
When they have cooled enough to handle, peel the charred skin. Cut tops off and place the peppers in a dish.
Pour some olive oil(you may need more or less) vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Mix to combine. Place some crumbled feta cheese in each bell pepper. Sprinkle with some chives/parsley and some kalamata olives.

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