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Monday, 20 June 2016

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - HUGH LAURIE


I have always loved Hugh Laurie: his double act with Stephen Fry, Jeeves and Wooster, Peter’s Friends and Blackadder. I bought his blues CDs and embraced his Americanisation in the Stuart Little films. He showed his true acting potential in The Night Manager.

He played Gregory House MD from 2004-2012.
Gregory House is a difficult character and he seems to exist on a diet of fast food if he is not eating at the hospital canteen. When Dr Wilson comes to stay he experiences the delights of stuffed peppers, so this one’s for him…

STUFFED RED PEPPER

Serves 1 as a snack or 2 as a side (can be multiplied to serve more)

1 large red pepper
50g/2oz rice
1tbsp olive oil
1 small red onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 large tomato, chopped
1 tbsp tomato puree
1tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
½tsp caster sugar
salt and black pepper
50g cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 200°C/ Gas 6/ 400°F
Cook rice in pan of water until soft.
Halve the pepper, de-seed and place them in a lightly-oiled roasting tray. (You can leave the stalk on for effect but I don't.)
Fry the onion and garlic in the oil.
Add the tomato pieces, red wine vinegar, caster sugar, oregano and tomato puree.
Stir in the cooked rice and season.
Divide the rice mixture between the peppers. 
Cover with foil and place in the oven for 20 mins.
Remove foil and check that pepper is almost soft – this is your chance to put it in for a bit longer if necessary. Sprinkle with the cheese.
Return to the oven for 8 minutes until the cheese has started to brown.

Serve as a snack or a side.

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