Turkish Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers. Courtesy of Ronnie Fein
Makes 8 servings
Sukkot, falling when it does in the year, is a kind of Jewish Thanksgiving. On both holidays we eat, and are grateful for, the bountiful produce of a recent harvest. Unlike Thanksgiving, with its turkey and cranberry sauce and such, there is no one specific dish or recipe for Sukkot. But there is a generalized notion of eating stuffed foods as a symbolic way to give thanks for all our edible earthly blessings. We are, literally, stuffed.
Stuffed cabbage is a classic Sukkot dish, but my grandma used to make stuffed peppers, sometimes with meat, sometimes just vegetables and always with white rice. Why not try that this year? My grandmother’s recipe was similar to these Turkish Stuffed Peppers, which look festive enough for an important holiday such as Sukkot. They are also easy to transport to a sukkah. Another bonus — they’re delicious hot from the oven or at room temperature.