Recipe: Stuffed Pepper Jackolanterns

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 These are almost too adorable to eat, but they are just too yummy not to!  This idea was so fun to develop.  James loves the idea of these in theory but he’s not too keen on the idea of actually eating peppers.  He’s a very picky eater these days.  He always says, “Oh, I’ll eat it on Saturday.”  I should really make him eat all the things he says he’ll eat on Saturday on Saturday.  That’ll show him!  Anyhoo, these yummy stuffed peppers could be the perfect dinner to feed your family before you head out trick or treating on Halloween!  And if you’re on a budget for ingredients, you could check out for discounted gift cards to grocery stores ranging from Target to Walmart to Sprouts.  I’ve loved perusing their countless pages of discounted gift cards and getting ideas for presents for the upcoming holiday season, too! 

Stuffed Pepper Jackolanters
Serves 6
A delicious stuffed pepper recipe with a twist for Halloween! The stuffed pepper recipe is delicious all year round, but it's easy to get festive with them by carving them like jackolanterns!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 8-10 medium sized peppers, yellow, red, oranges or green
  2. 2 cups cooked rice
  3. 1 onion, diced
  4. 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  5. 1 pound ground sausage
  6. 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  7. 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  8. 4 cloves garlic, minced (or 4 teaspoons minced garlic)
  9. 2 teaspoons sea salt
  10. 1 teaspoon pepper
  11. 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  1. With each pepper, cut the around the stem and remove, and clean out the seeds inside. Cut the bottom level without cutting too much off so that each pepper can stand up.
  2. If you choose to do so, carve jackolantern faces in each pepper now.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and dump in onion. Cook until onion start to go limp, but are not fully cooked.
  4. In a large bowl, combine rice, tomato, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper, cheese and sausage. Mix with your hands to fully combine.
  5. Add the sausage mixture to the onions in the skillet and cook, stirring regularly, for about 7 minutes, making sure the sausage is starting to brown but is not fully cooked.
  6. Stuff each pepper with a few spoonfulls of the sausage mixture (stuff them with as much filling as you can, and then some!) and arrange in a baking dish.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until sausage is fully cooked and peppers are fork-tender.
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