Stuffed Peppers are a great take on Spanish, Mexican, or Italian cuisine. It is rich with flavor because of the fragrant peppers stuffed with aromatic herbs, spices, and meat.
Now you might struggle with choosing what to serve with stuffed peppers since they’re full of flavor, but don’t worry, because here are a couple of food pairings that you could try with your stuffed peppers to get the best flavors out of your meal.
Once you try these, you’d be surprised how simple food pairings can significantly enhance the overall taste of your meal.
What Are Stuffed Peppers
As the name suggests, Stuffed Peppers is a dish where Peppers are hollowed out and stuffed with all sorts of fillings. Stuffed Peppers have been part of several cultures’ cuisines. It is known to have come from Spanish, Mexican, and Italian origins, all having a distinct taste.
An Italian style stuffed pepper is usually stuffed with Italian Sausage for the meat, rice, Italian herbs and spices such as tomatoes and basil, and a lot of cheese. While Spanish stuffed peppers usually contain some veal for the meat, oregano, ginger, curry powder, rice, and cayenne pepper for an added spice. As for the Mexican-style stuffed peppers, it is usually made with ground beef for meat, rice, chili powder, tomato sauce, and cheese.
Though these stuffed peppers have similar ingredients, each gives off a different taste and aroma. Another interesting thing about stuffed peppers is that you can make them using any ingredient you like.
I like stuffing my peppers with cheese, tomatoes, bacon, and mushrooms. I don’t like putting rice on my stuffed peppers because I always serve mine with a somewhat heavy side dish.
What Goes Well With Stuffed Peppers
Like I have mentioned before, stuffed peppers contain a lot of flavors and textures, which could make it a bit hard for you to choose which side you should serve with it. If your stuffed pepper contains rice, then maybe you should choose a light side dish.
On the other hand, if your stuffed pepper is made of light ingredients, then you may opt for a somewhat heavy side dish to balance your meal.
Aside from the heaviness of your ingredients, you should also pay attention to the textures of your food. It is important to create balance in every meal to ensure an overall pleasant experience.
To do so, you must mix and match a bunch of foods that will playfully settle in the eater’s mouth. Doing so will provide the person eating it with a sensational experience for every bite.
To make your stuffed pepper meal truly spectacular, you should try pairing it with these side dishes that can easily be bought at a store or can easily be cooked at home.
If you have prepared a heavy dish of stuffed peppers, then a light and crunchy salad might be the perfect side dish for you. You can try serving your dish with some coleslaw salad or a lettuce and vegetable salad with a light vinaigrette. You can’t go wrong with a crunchy salad side dish if your stuffed peppers are full of meat or rice.
If you are serving light stuffed peppers without any starch ingredients, or with few meat, then you may balance your meal with a side dish of potatoes. I like baking, roasting, or frying sliced potatoes with a bit of basil and butter in them because I like the crunchy texture that comes with it. But you can also try having creamy mashed potatoes on the side if that’s what you prefer.
Bread is easily one of the best food pairings for every meal because of its sweet taste that’s not too overpowering, and because of it is crunchy and soft texture that perfectly balances every meal.
When serving stuffed peppers, I think that the best bread to go with is toasted garlic bread. Aside from providing the extra crunch that the soft stuffed peppers are lacking, it also makes for a great palate cleanser between bites.
Who says foods are the only thing you could pair with stuffed peppers? Sometimes, stuffed peppers alone are enough, and you wouldn’t need any side dish to complete your meal.
However, this doesn’t automatically mean that you shouldn’t try a complementary drink instead. Having a beer with stuffed peppers is great since the bitter taste of beer balances the sweet taste that comes from the bell pepper itself.
Pairing Other Food With Stuffed Peppers
As you can see, you just have to be creative and confident in exploring different ingredients and food pairings to make a great meal. The next time you make a batch of stuffed peppers, you should feel free to try any side dish you want.
Just remember to keep your meal balanced by putting in contrasting, but complementary flavors and textures. You should also never underestimate a good complementary drink.
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