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Meat and Firm Tofu Stuffed Peppers

Meat and Firm Tofu Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are a standby dish! I used tofu in my meat stuffing. By using tofu, the stuffed peppers will be less greasy, easier to eat and with less calories.

Ingredients

Bell peppers (small)
5
Firm tofu
100 g
Ground mixed pork and beef
100 g
Onion (small, finely chopped)
1/2
Panko
2 tablespoons
Eggs (medium or large)
1
Salt and pepper
a small amount
Nutmeg (optional)
a small amoun
Plain flour
as needed
Water (to steam)
50 ml
For the Japanese style ankake sauce - for 2 peppers
Soy sauce, mirin
1 tablespoon
Honey (or sugar)
1 teaspoon
Dashi stock (or water + dashi stock granules)
2 tablespoons
Katakuriko
1/2 teaspoon

Steps

1. Wrap the tofu in paper towel, put on a heatproof dish, and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. (When it starts to steam in the microwave, it's good!)
2. Cool the tofu a little, and drain off any water that's come out of it. Crush it up with a fork and leave it until it has cooled completely.
3. Wash the bell peppers, cut in half and take out the seeds.
4. Pat the peppers dry with paper towels, and dust with flour (shake off the excess).
5. Combine the finely chopped onion, panko, ground meat, egg, salt and pepper and nutmeg in a bowl, and mix and knead.
6. It's good to go when it's sticky!
7. Add the crumbled tofu using your hands or a fok.
8. Mix together well to make the filling.
9. Stuff it into the bell peppers. The filling should form a mound above the peppers.
10. Heat vegetable oil (not listed) in a frying pan. Put in the peppers meat side down, and cook over medium heat for about a minute.
11. When they are browned, turn them over. Add 500 ml of water, cover with a lid, and steam-cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
12. Take the lid off and let the moisture in the pan evaporate. If the juices run clear when you poke one with a bamboo skewer, they are done. (If the juices are red that means they are still raw inside!)
13. For the Japanese-style ankake sauce: Add all the sauce ingredients into the frying pan after removing the stuffed peppers. When the sauce has thickened, it's done. Pour it over the peppers, and sprinkle on some sesame seeds if you have them.
14. If you have any leftover stuffing, form into mini-burgers and pack in your bentos!
15. I added ketchup to the mini-burgers for bento.

Story Behind this Recipe

I added tofu to one of my standard recipes.