Couscous And Pancetta Stuffed Peppers With Sweet Potato Wedges

Dinner | July 8, 2015 | By

The Tall ships sailed into town over the weekend and Neil and I made it a point to avoid them. Big boats aren’t really my cup of tea, neither are huge crowds of people, especially on hot sunny days. Instead we decided to have a completely chilled out time of it. On Friday night we went to the Queens Film Theatre to see AMY, which was excellent, but of course very sad. Come Saturday afternoon, still feeling a little depressed from the Amy Winehouse film, we headed out to find somewhere for a bite to eat . We stopped off at one of our favourite spots, but unfortunately we were a tad too late for the lunch menu. The menu looked really nice too! Neil in particular fancied the stuffed peppers, to which I replied “well, let’s just make our own instead!”.

 
Stuffed peppers are one of those really easy to make but super tasty snacks. You can add anything you like, go crazy! I added couscous, feta cheese and was considering keeping it vegetarian but no, spying a packet of pancetta in the fridge was too much of a temptation to ignore. Fried up in a few minutes in olive oil, I’d forgotten how quick and delicious this Italian pork is. As it was quite late by the time we got home, I decided to make a big helping of sweet potato wedges to go along with it. And oh my goodness, they were so good! So good! Sweet potato + chilli flakes = HEAVEN!
 
There’s enough here for 3-4 people but we scoffed the lot. Are we the only ones out there that cook for 2 but eat for 4?! Nothing goes to waste in our house, at least. If you find you have some left over, just pop it in the fridge and have for lunch the next day.
 
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, that salad you see in the picture? That was me experimenting some more with tofu. This time baking it, but that’s a story for another day…!
Couscous And Pancetta Stuffed Peppers With Sweet Potato Wedges
Serves 2
Peppers stuffed with couscous, pancetta and feta cheese, alongside sweet potato wedges seasoned with ground pepper and chilli flakes. 
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For the sweet potato wedges
  1. 3 medium sized sweet potato, chopped
  2. 2 tbsp olive oil
  3. pinch of ground pepper
  4. large pinch of chilli flakes
For the stuffed peppers
  1. 2 large red peppers, sliced lengthwise and deseeded
  2. 125g couscous
  3. 200ml vegetable stock
  4. 65g pancetta (bought cubed)
  5. 100g feta cheese
For the sweet potato wedges
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c (fan) and line a baking tray with parchment.
  2. Scrub the sweet potatoes under luke-warm water and then cut into wedges (leave the skins on).
  3. In a large mixing bowl add the olive oil, pepper and chilli flakes. Toss until all is combined.
  4. Place on the lined baking tray and bake for about 40 minutes.
For the stuffed peppers
  1. In a frying pan, add the pancetta with olive oil and fry for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Place the peppers on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes or until they start to soften.
  3. In the meantime, put the couscous in a saucepan of vegetable stock and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the peppers from the oven and add the couscous, pancetta and sprinkle with feta cheese.
Notes
  1. Serves: 2 hungry people
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    Ellen Smith
    July 12, 2015

    I think stuffed peppers can be a really good meal in college. I made them once and melted cheddar cheese on top. They were so good. I will definitely be trying this recipe out!

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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      Sarah
      July 13, 2015

      Definitely, Ellen! Cheap and easy! I hope you like it! hanks for your comment.

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    July 8, 2015

    Haha my husband and I are the same, we usually cook thinking we’ll have leftovers and then end up just eating it all anyway. Probably why I could stand to lose a few pounds… 😉

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      Sarah
      July 13, 2015

      Haha! Nooo…i’m sure you’re fine! 😀 Glad we’re not the only ones though!

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    emily
    July 8, 2015

    What a lovely Summer BBQ recipe! 🙂

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    Day Dreaming Foodie
    July 8, 2015

    Love the look of the stuffed peppers – I spent a lot of my teenage life as a vegetarian, and haven’t ventured into stuffed veggies!

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      Sarah
      July 13, 2015

      I went through that phase too and drove my parents barney. My Dad hated cooking for me.Haha.

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