I’m not normally one for making food look pretty but last week I spotted some lovely looking orange peppers in the reduced section at the shop and as soon as I spotted them, I knew exactly what I was going to make with them – Halloween Pumpkin Peppers!
And I don’t even care that there’s still a month left until Halloween!
Halloween pumpkin peppers are so easy to make and they can be prepared in advance of when you want to cook them which makes them even better in my eyes. I made these guys when I was on a late shift at work last week and left them in the fridge for Mr Frugal and the kids to pop in the oven when they were ready for tea.
Halloween Pumpkin Peppers
1 orange pepper per person
Something to fill them with – cous cous or rice works really well although something noodle bases could look like brains if you’re going for the full halloween effect and something like leftover bolognaise would be gorgeous too.
- Slice the top off the pepper and scoop out the insides as much as possible.
- If your peppers don’t stand up straight then you might want to slice a little of the bottom to help it balance better.
- Next I used a sharp knife to cut out triangles for the eyes and nose and a straight line for the mouth which is about as creative as I get – anything more complex than that would have no doubt ended with the pepper looking nothing like a pumpkin by the time I’d finished.
- Then you just need to stuff your peppers with your filling – I used some leftover cous cous that the kids had enjoyed for their tea the night before.
- Pop the lid back on them and they’re ready to go in the oven.
This is where we fell down, Mr Frugal was told to put the peppers in the oven for about 20 minutes at around 200 c but the kids thought they would prefer to eat the filling and then slice up the pepper to dip in some sweet chilli dip we had. So, I can’t show you a picture of them actually baked but I suspect they would lost a lot of their pumpkin-ness as the pepper softens. My two said they were delicious as they were though and that next time they’d want them exactly the same. 😉
I suspect that we’ll be having variations of Halloween pumpkin peppers all year round from now on as they’ve already been requested again for this week!
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