13 January 2013

Baked Breakfast Peppers

I am a huge fan of edible food vessels.  Whatever you're eating, they always take it up a notch.  Just think about soup out of a bread bowl...chicken salad out of a lettuce cup...ice cream out of a waffle cone (classic!).  They take a dish from delicious to delightful.  One of my all-time favorite food vessels is bell peppers.  Usually they are filled with some sort of savory, dinner-time stuffing, such as Roasted Pesto Barley Stuffed Peppers or Mexi-Stuffed Peppers with Cilantro Sour Cream.  But why not fill them with breakfast?  All the delicious flavors of a baked egg dish stuffed into a sweet and tender pepper...yes, please!

This idea came to me as I warily eyed the enormous stack of peppers in my vegetable drawer.  Last week, overcome by joy by their sale price at the local market, I bought a preposterous amount.  We've been eating them raw, roasted, sauteed, blanched, skinned and grilled for days.  If I didn't think of something new and delicious to do with them, I was running the risk of the hubs never wanting to eat a pepper again.  Think...think...think....

A few weeks ago, thanks to Deb Perelman's fabulous potato frittata, our love of baked eggs was rejuvenated   With lingering memories of that delicious meal, inspiration struck.  Peppers are often in omelets, so why not put the omelet in the pepper?  Food vessels are fabulous, after all.  So I rolled up my sleeves, followed my foodie instincts and came up with something yummy.  Risk averted.

The flavors of the filling are a classic savory combo - bacon and cheddar.  We used turkey bacon to keep things a bit healthier, but you could absolutely use regular bacon for a richer flavor.  The important thing is to get that lovely, salty crunch that only crisp bacon can provide.  Contrasting with this salty and savory filling is the tender sweetness of a red bell pepper.  Oh man, what a combo.  They play off of one another perfectly, making for a very happy mouth.  The dish holds together beautifully, and is super easy to eat with a knife and fork.  The hubs even ate his half of the pepper stem without realizing it...that's how into this dish he was.  

So embrace edible food vessels for breakfast!  And stuff a pepper with an omelet.  

Baked Breakfast Peppers (2 servings)
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 4 strips turkey bacon, cut into matchsticks about 1/4-inch thick 
  • 2 tbs minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 2 tbs diced tomato
  • 1/2 c chopped spinach
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • dash salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Wash the pepper and cut it in half lengthwise.  Remove the membrane and seeds, but leave the stem on (this will help your filling stay in the pepper).  Spray a baking sheet with non-stick and set the peppers flesh down/skin up on the sheet.  Place in the oven and roast for 9-10 minutes, until soft.  When you remove the peppers from the oven, flip so they are open-side up.  

While the peppers are baking, place a medium pan over medium heat.  Cook the bacon matchsticks until crispy, then remove to a paper towel to drain.  Reduce the heat under the pan to medium low.  Add the onion and cook for two minutes, then add the garlic, tomato and spinach.  Continue to cook until the spinach is wilted and bright, then remove to a small mixing bowl.  Let cool for a minute or two.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites and milk.  Add 3/4 of the cooked bacon, the cooked vegetables and 1/4 cup of the cheese and mix together.  Pour the egg mixture into the peppers (if the eggs run over a bit, no big deal).  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until eggs are set and starting to puff in the center.  Garnish with the remaining cheese and bacon and serve.  Cilantro, salsa and avocado are awesome on top, too!


  1. Sounds perfectly scrumptious! Trying it for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks!

  2. Hope you enjoyed breakfast this morning! It's always important to start the weekend with a delicious meal. Let me know what ya thought!

  3. That is delicious! Im going to make this for my ladies brunch!

    1. Not ladies but lunch but ladies that brunch....you sound like my kind of gals.

  4. Great idea!!!

    I also will use peppers to make salsa - I too will load up when they are on sale.

    I use 3 tomatoes
    1-2 red peppers
    1 japaneno
    1/4 white onion
    3-4 cloves of garlic
    juice of 1 lime
    salt and pepper to taste

    In a cast iron skillet add all the veggies (I will rough chop them). Cook until they get kind of charred - add to a blender and blend until smooth.

    (I will add the lime juice after - not in the skillet)

  5. will make a stuffing with cheese and omit the eggs (allergy) we'll see how that goes.

    1. Oooo...let me know how that turns out. If you're looking for something to fill in for the egg, try black beans or brown rice. More or a dinner pepper, but I bet the bacon would be fabulous.