Turkey Feta Stuffed Peppers

by Kelli H. on September 15, 2013

Last weekend we had a family dinner up at my parents house. There was wine, grapes, dogs, and good food involved. Oh yeah, and some delicious Three Twins lemon cookie ice cream. Oh my, that ice cream is to die for! I’m so glad it’s at my parents house only, because I would eat the whole tub in 2 days.

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Right when we got there my dad offered me and David some Hanna Sauv Blanc. Hanna’s Sauv Blanc is one of my favorite white wine’s. I first tried it at our wedding caterers house last March. He served it during our tasting, and I was in love with it. I still am! It has the best aroma of any white wine I’ve ever smelled. Plus, I hear it’s super affordable at Costco.

 After he poured us some Hanna, David and I took a stroll out to the vineyard in the backyard. Right now the grapes are very abundant on the vines. I believe someone might be coming this week to pick their grapes and use them to make wine. My parents don’t keep up on the vineyard very much. They try to make their vines not dependent on water and self sufficient. I’d say they look pretty good for barely any upkeep. Those are zinfandel grapes.

It’s funny when they planted the grapes back in 2004 (?) I remember thinking it was so dumb and what a waste of space. I’m glad that I can now appreciate the vines. My favorite part of the year is right after the grapes are ripe and then the leaves turn orange and red.

Yeah, we had a little photo op out by the vineyard with our glasses of Hanna. 
No big…
Of course family dinner means bringing along the pups. Lexi is my parent’s dog, Kyber is my brother’s girlfriends new puppy, Maverick is Jason’s dog, and of course, you all know Ryder. It’s so fun watching all of them play together. Dogs love my parents back yard and how could they not? Plenty of room to run around and a nice kiddy pool for them to cool off in. It’s a dogs paradise. 
And what would a family dinner be without a blind cabernet tasting? Jason brought the Larkmead, Dad provided the Silver Oak, and we brought over Four Play by Thumbprint which is a cab blend made up of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 20% malbec, 15% petit verdot, 5% cabernet franc. It was really fun to compare them against each other. My dad got lucky and guessed which was which perfectly. The Silver Oak was the most popular favorite. It was smooth, easy drinking, with aromas of dark fruit like plum, a little sweet and vanilla but with some pepper. It was VERY good. I definitely recommend Silver Oak! Though, it is a bit pricey at about $75. Definitely not in my price range! Larkmead and Thumbprint were pretty much a tie between second best. Larkmeads ($70) tasting notes are acidic, woodsy, too young and should be aged longer, dry, and vanilla. Thumbprint’s ($44) tasting notes are acidic, fruitier, juniper berry, peppery, berries, sits in mouth well, smooth, sweet, and low acidity…so, pretty much all over the place between 4 different palates. It’s so interesting how everyone distinguishes tastes and smells differently.
Moving on to the recipe…

I’ve made this recipe a few times now, and it’s definitely earned it’s place on this blog. The peppers have great flavor, and I’ve even used this sauce as a sauce over pasta. It has lots of uses! The recipe takes some time to make, and I don’t recommend making it during the week if you’re short on time. It’d be perfect for a Sunday in the fall or winter. Though, I’ve made it plenty of times during the summer. Last Monday when I made it, it was in the 90’s, and I was dying of heat in the kitchen.

Recently stuffed peppers have moved up in the ranking of my favorite meals. I used to be intimidated by them, because I thought they were too time consuming and not worth the effort. I was wrong! I’ve made so many different stuffed pepper recipes in the last year. If you’ve never made them, you should definitely give them a try. They aren’t as hard to make as you might think.

Served with a green salad and garlic bread this meal is brag worthy. Then again, anything served with salad and garlic bread is brag worthy in my opinion. I hope that you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Turkey Feta Stuffed Peppers
Recipe Adapted from Eat, Live, Run

4 large green bell peppers, stems removed and hollowed out
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 pound ground turkey
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup feta cheese, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large saute pan over medium heat add olive oil. To the olive oil add onions and celery and saute for about 3-5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and mash it into the onions, celery, and garlic. Cook it for a couple minutes without burning. Add the ground turkey and cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. Stir in the diced tomatoes and the seasonings. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup feta.

3. While the sauce is simmer; bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop in bell peppers and cook for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from water and set aside.

4. In a baking dish; fill the peppers with the sauce. I usually have a little bit of sauce left over. Top peppers with remaining 1/2 cup feta and bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Dana September 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I adore stuffed peppers, just haven’t made them yet! My mother in law has a yummy recipe of ground beef, spanish rice and cheddar cheeses. But I’m all about the ground turkey and feta cheese! These look awesome!

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Made in Sonoma September 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Thanks, Dana!

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Val September 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

These are perfect stuffed peppers.

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Sarah Cook September 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I love sauvignon blanc- it’s my favorite variety of white wine. I will definitely be looking for a bottle of Hanna next time I’m at the store!

Your parent’s vineyard is beautiful. Looks like a fantastic way to spend the weekend with good food, wine, family and dogs! They’re all so cute running around with each other. Kyber is adorable!

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Made in Sonoma September 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Let me know if you try Hanna! I hope you find it. πŸ™‚

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Cathleen September 17, 2013 at 5:28 am

It’s close to midnight, and my stomach is rumbling over your stuffed peppers! These look fantastic!

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Made in Sonoma September 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Thanks! That happens to me all the time at night when I look at pinterest or other blogs!

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Marin mama cooks September 19, 2013 at 12:50 am

Wow girl! I didn’t know that your parents had a vineyard! That’s impressive! It’s probably why you know so much about wine. We love Hanna wines. My brother-in-law was married at their vineyards and it was so beautiful and the wine was great as well πŸ™‚
I love the doggy playdate, I’m going to be all about that when we get our dog this spring. It seems like all of my friends are getting dogs lately. It’s the thing you do as the kids get older and you don’t necessarily want another child, so you get a dog.
These stuffed peppers look great and totally satisfying πŸ™‚ xoxo, Jackie

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Made in Sonoma September 19, 2013 at 3:18 am

It’s just a small hobby vineyard. I wish I knew more about wine! Trying to learn more and more all the time, but thanks for the boost in confidence! πŸ™‚

Getting married at Hanna sounds wonderful. It’s sooo beautiful there!

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