Turkish Stuffed Peppers

Number of Servings: 6 (270 g)
Active Time: 45 min.
Total Time: 1 hour 30 min.
Turkish Stuffed Peppers

Peppers are a fundamental ingredient in Eastern European cuisine. The herbs and sweet spices that flavor the barley are sometimes surprising to Western palates, in the best possible way. This decadent dish is the perfect special vegetarian dish to take center stage at any dinner party.


  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. pine nuts
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. currants, soaked in hot water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 2½ cups cooked barley
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped mint
  • 6 red bell peppers, tops sliced off and seeded
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large, wide saucepan or lidded skillet. Add onion and pine nuts. Cook, stirring, until the onion is tender and beginning to color (5-8 minutes). Add the garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant (30 seconds).
  2. Stir in the currants, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and sugar. Add ½ cup water and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated (5-6 minutes). Add barley and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat and stir in the herbs.
  3. Stuff the peppers with the barley mixture. Stand the peppers in a wide, lidded pan. Mix together the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ cup water, and lemon juice, and pour around the vegetables. Bring to a simmer and cover the pan. Simmer on medium-low, adding water as needed, until the peppers are very tender and there is just a small amount of liquid left (40-50 minutes). Garnish with lemon wedges to serve.

Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

Serving Size 270 g

Amount per serving
Calories 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.5g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.5g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 9g
Includes 1g Added Sugars 2%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 44mg 4%
Iron 2.2mg 10%
Potassium 435mg 10%
Vitamin A 210.2mcg 25%
Vitamin C 163.2mg 180%
Vitamin E 3.2mg 20%
Vitamin K 94.3mcg 80%
Thiamin 0.2mg 15%
Riboflavin 0.2mg 15%
Niacin 3.6mg 25%
Vitamin B6 0.5mg 30%
Folate 80mcg 20%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 1.1mcg 4%
Chloride 34.3mg 2%
Pantothenate 0.5mg 20%
Phosphorus 99.3mg 8%
Iodine 1.6mcg 2%
Magnesium 44mg 10%
Zinc 1.2mg 10%
Selenium 6.2mcg 10%
Copper 0.2mg 20%
Manganese 0.7mg 30%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 7.7mcg 20%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Red Bell Pepper, Barley, Water, Onion, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Parsley, Currants, Pine Nuts, Garlic, Peppermint, Sugar, Salt, Ground Cinnamon, Allspice.

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