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Stuffed Peppers - pre cooking peppers

I usually make my stuffed peppers by cooking them wrapped in foil for 15 in the oven to help soften them. I then stuff them with cooked stuffing (rice, pork, etc). I am wondering if microwaving the peppers will work just as well. I've also heard of people boiling them or steaming them for a couple minutes.

I know you can skip this step (my Mother never precooked the peppers), but I find the pepper is not done when filling is hot or the filling is overcooked and the pepper is done.

Does anyone steam/boil/microwave their peppers first? If so, for how long?

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  1. No precooking, but I usually have sauce one third of the way up.

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    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

      No precooking and I went crockpot on this recipe a long time ago. Never had any issue with the peppers, the filling or the sauce using a crockpot.

    2. I always always blanch mine in boiling water, just to make sure. It's the skin that's the problem, and this generally solves it.

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      1. I always steam mine until the flesh begins to give a little then I plunge them in ice water.
        Then I stuff them but don't bake in a sauce.

        1. After I've cut off the tops and removed the seeds and membranes I put them, cut side down, in a glass baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on high for two minutes or so before stuffing.

          1. I strongly prefer them when they have been precooked. Strongly.