What Sides Go with Stuffed Peppers?
Do you ever sit there and wonder what to make for dinner? I know I do, and often too! It is a common problem for many people. Like me, you probably end up opting for the same few dishes on rotation as a result. Spreading your cooking wings is always a good idea now and then. This is especially important if you want to add more meals to this rotation. There are many delicious meals and snacks you can make with bits and bobs that you might have forgotten about in your cupboards and fridge. One of these could be a vibrantly colored bell pepper or two!
Did you know that stuffed peppers are one of the most delicious and popular meals around the world? Although different countries prepare them in different ways, there is something impressive about serving a brightly colored pepper, stuffed with something delicious. And there are so many options you could go for; like chunks of meat, ground beef, rice, chorizo, vegetables – whatever takes your fancy!
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If you are keen on trying this yourself, you will no doubt want to know what the best sides to go with stuffed peppers might be, and how to impress your friends and family with your new culinary delight. After all, you cannot just serve a stuffed pepper with nothing to go with it! I created this guide to help you add some impressive yet easy-to-make meals to your cooking catalog. Let us get into it.
1Garlic Potato Wedges
If you are craving carbs, then these are perfect. Garlic potato wedges are an excellent side for stuffed peppers. The fragrant taste of garlic compliments the sweetness of the pepper perfectly, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a dose of garlic? All you need to do is cut your potatoes into chunks, brush them over with olive oil and sprinkle on the garlic. Give them a shake and cook in the oven until golden brown. I sometimes like to boil mine a bit, just to make the center much fluffier. Delicious!
2Sweet Potato Fries
Another great side for stuffed peppers is sweet potato fries. Technically they aren’t real “fries” as they aren’t fried – but baked instead, making them much healthier than regular fries. To make these delicious fries, first, slice your sweet potato into thin sticks. Next, add some olive oil, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper, along with the newly cut sweet potato sticks into a bowl and mix together. Lastly, put them into the oven until they are brown and crisp. This is my go-to recipe, but there are many other options available out there.
3Zingy Lemon Artichokes
Not only are artichokes a great source of potassium and magnesium, but they’re also super-delicious! All you need to make this tasty side is to drizzle your prepared artichokes with a little olive oil, lemon juice, and a dash of garlic (you can probably tell I love garlic). Bake in the oven until crispy, and you’ll be amazed at just how tasty they are.
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4Charred Pita Bread
Another excellent option for a side is a light and fluffy pita bread, charred on the grill (on the stove is fine too), giving it that smoky flavor. You can toast your pita bread in the oven while you’re cooking your stuffed peppers so that juices infuse with the pita bread. It’s also quite easy to make your own pita bread too if you are feeling adventurous! Sides don’t always have to be super-healthy – a little of what you like does you good sometimes.
5Cheesy Polenta (corn grits)
If you’re a cheese fan, a small bowl of creamy and cheesy polenta is a very healthy side for your stuffed peppers. This Italian-style cornmeal will undoubtedly show off your culinary prowess. As polenta is so versatile, you can add any herb or spice you like to it. It can be sweet or very spicy – whatever works for you. So if you want to hold back on the cheese, you could add a dash of spice to give it a kick, instead.
6Mixed Salad with Feta Cheese
A colorful salad at the side of your stuffed bell pepper dish will look fantastic. Throw in a little violife feta cheese, and you give it a creamy and luxurious feel too. All you need is some mixed greens, some feta cheese, and a dressing. You can create your own dressing quite easily by adding some olive oil and a hint of lemon juice to your salad. The best thing to do is play around with different flavors and see what you like.
Homemade corn fritters on the side will be seriously impressive, and most importantly, very tasty. These are super easy to do; you cut up the veggies you want to use (I like to use zucchini), slice an onion, some potato, or cheese and bundle it together with the sweetcorn. From the mixture, create your patties and cover them in flour before frying until golden grown. Delicious!
8Avocado and Cucumber Salad
Another great side for stuffed peppers is an avocado and cucumber salad. You can create a fresh and zingy salad by combining the two. Just drizzle some fresh lemon juice and a little olive oil to give it a delicious Mediterranean twist. If you want to impress your guests even further, chop up some dill and sprinkle it over the top. You could go a step further by chopping up some iceburg lettuce and then adding in some cherry tomatoes, to serve as a tasty garnish while also adding some more color to the dish.
Customizing your stuffed pepper sides
The sides we’ve talked about go extremely well with stuffed bell peppers, but this doesn’t mean you can’t change or adjust them. As you may have realized earlier, I love garlic, and so I tend to add a lot of garlic to most meals I make. If you like hot food, throw some chili in there. If you like cheese, why not throw some cheese on top. You can create your own unique sides from the ideas we’ve given you, or alternatively, try something completely new. That’s the beauty of cooking.