Preserved is Better – Sweet Pepper Stuffed with Feta

In the previous posts, I talked about the goodness of the preserved food and described how I made pickled mushrooms, baby octopus and capcicums as well as chargrilled eggplant. In this post, I’ll talk about another commonly seen antipasto dish, sweet pepper stuffed with feta.

 

Ingredients

1 kg Baby sweet pepper

250g Lite cream cheese

500g Danish fetta cheese

1 cup sugar

200 mL white vinegar

 

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Steps

1. Empty the seeds out of the baby sweet peppers. Make sure all of the seeds and stems are removed as they may contribute to slight hot chilli flavour to the pepper. The pepper itself should taste like capcicum with a sweeter approach.

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2. Place the peppers in a large sauce pan and cover with cold water. Add the sugar and vinegar to the sauce pan and bring to boil. Once boiled, the heat was set to low until the peppers are cooked.

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3. Pickle the pepper in the fridge for 48 hours before taking out. After pickling, drain the liquor and rinse with cold water. The pepper now should be sweet and slightly sour now.

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4. Mix the lite cream cheese and danish fetta until smooth using a hand blender. I used lite cream cheese here because my wife can’t eat too creamy stuff. You can use normal cream cheese instead. You can also add finely chopped herbs to introduce extra layers of flavours.

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5. Fill the peppers with the feta and place in a container.

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6. Top the containers up with extra virgin olive oil until the peppers are covered. Store in the fridge for approximately 2 days (oil solidified) before serving.Β When serving, make sure to leave the container at room temperature for a while. The peppers make a good antipasto dish before dinner.

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Enjoy!

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, these are so beautiful! πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Fae. I loved these bell peppers and they taste just fabulous. The best thing is that I don’t waste anything. The oil has already been used as cooking oil now. LOL

      1. Where do get these peppers? I just tried making these with habernero chillies! You can’t eat them!!! I have looked everywhere for seeds or plants!! Help please!!!

      2. How long do they keep?

  2. claire says:

    these look really great!

    1. Thanks Claire! I loved your book too! I am going to run a giveaway soon. πŸ˜€

  3. maria says:

    the recipe is fabulous…
    one small note though: the name feta is a protected designation of origin for Greece since 2005…
    any other cheese similar to feta from another country should be referred to as white cheese…
    best regards and keep up the good work…

    1. Leafygreen says:

      The PDO (protected designation of origin) is only enforceable within the EU.
      Aussie cheese makers are perfectly legally able to sell their feta/fetta as long as they don’t call it that in the EU, and its why danish or bulgarian feta/fetta is available here.

      And ‘feta’ is related to the Italian word for slice and was a word adopted from the venetians…and many peoples other than Greeks make fetta.. including the Danish who make a LOT of it, but name grabbing is another topic πŸ™‚

      Pax

      1. Thanks for letting me know, Pax. Really informative knowledge! πŸ™‚

  4. soulbaby says:

    Great! Have been searching for a recipe for these since becoming addicted to the ones sold on the Coles and woolies deli. But at $40 per kilo I knew there had to be a better way. Especially when the peppers are less than $10 per kilo!

    Trying these tomorrow, thanks πŸ™‚

    1. Yep, same for me here. Got addicted to it. When you pick up the bell peppers, try to find sweet ones. Although the curing process in sugar and vinegar syrup can remove most of the chilli taste of the “hot” bell pepper, they can still be hot. So, choosing some sweet bell pepper would be ideal. I finished a kilo within 3 months. πŸ˜€

      1. soulbaby says:

        Hmm thanks for the tip. I did only find hot peppers but I’m not gonna let that stop me!

        Making them right now πŸ˜‰

        Ps. Really wish I had have read the recipe more thoroughly! I was so excited to sit down and munch on a few of these babies later only to learn I’ve got a good 4 or so days impatiently waiting!!! Oh well. Good things, as they say πŸ˜‰

      2. Since you only find hot ones, cure in the sugar and vinegar longer. What I found with the hot ones is that they actually release some heat after the inital curing process. Good luck and let me know how you go. Sweet bell peppers are better really. πŸ™‚

  5. Joy Rushton says:

    Thank You for the great recipe,how long will they keep,they would make great gifts.

    1. For mine, they were finished within 3 months and still kept quite well. Make sure you seal them in olive oil and keep them refrigerated. Glad you like the recipe. Enjoy!

  6. Wendy says:

    We grew peppers especially for the purpose. Slightly hot but perfect and your recipe was great except our peppers, even after a week in the oil, still have a hard skin which is almost inedible. If they were larger we would have burnt it off in the oven – any suggestions apart from growing a different variety next year. Love your recipes.

    1. Hi Wendy, that’s weird for the hard shell of the pepper. I am thinking if you give it a pan-grill before doing the recipe, would it be softer?

  7. Fil Vandertuin says:

    These are really fantastic- much better than the bought one! I have grown baby peppers for this and am about to do my second batch!

    1. Oh, glad to see you actually grow your own peppers! Well done πŸ™‚

  8. Cas says:

    I am so excited I found this recipe but I think I have bought the spicy peppers. How much longer can I leave them to pickle so they aren’t as hot?

    1. I left in there for 48 hrs for sweet ones. I’d think if you pickle for 1 day longer than that or maybe at least change to a new bowl with new pickling liquid would give you a better result. Good luck and if you can find the sweet ones, they are definitely better to make this dish. One of my friend bought the spicy one and all her final products were hot πŸ˜€ She had to have rice with the feta stuffed pepper, which sounds weird though.

      Anyway, enjoy πŸ™‚

  9. Love the recipe, I actually grow a mini sweet red capsicum, and call them sweeties. just making my first batch, Thanks Pat Cassidy

    1. Hope you enjoy it Pat! The sweet ones work out much better in result

  10. Julie says:

    Have you ever tried pickling these?

  11. Lindy says:

    I am on a sugar free diet so can I leave the cup of sugar out when cooking?
    Lindy

  12. Yael says:

    Any idea where to get these peppers? I cant find them anywhere!! Im located in melbourne though 😊

    1. Me either. Did you find them

      1. Julie Mills says:

        Bunnings have the seedlings .I bought some today ,they are a Heirloom verity seeds may come from Diggers visit http://www.diggers.com.au / heirlooms

  13. Karen says:

    To ensure soft skins, before adding sugar and vinegar, heat the peppers and simmer very gently until the skins are soft. It is the sugar which hardens the skins.

  14. Danielle says:

    Hi. This recipe really looks delicious. I’m going to try it now. Can one also preserve it with the sweet and sour that they were in at first? Olive oil is very expensive here 😦

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