Tamara Novacoviç with zucchinized twist on a classic Croatian stuffed pepper recipe.
Text And Photo By Tamara Novacoviç
This is a version of a dish often made and enjoyed in Croatia-stuffed peppers cooked in tomato sauce. The thing is, I really don’t like stuffed peppers. I’m not so fond of my childhood memories connected to that dish. I hated days when we has stuffed peppers for lunch, I had to force myself to eat several spoonfuls of it. As I grew up, I tried to dicompose the dish in my head and come to terms with what part of it I didn’t like. The answer was quite simple-peppers. The entire dish assimilates their aroma, which I just don’t like in that particular combination. Then one day mom cooked stuffed zucchini. No peppers. With ground turkey meat instead of pork and beef. And I fell in love. So ended my stuffed pepper torture.
Zucchini have nicer and more subtle aroma than the peppers. Ground turkey is also lighter than ground pork. But you can use pork or pork and beef meat combined. This dish is usually served with a lot of tomato sauce and mashed potatoes.
Tamara Novakovic is a passionate self-taught cook, food blogger, freelance food writer and photographer behind bite-my-cake.blogspot.com. Her life journey has led her through Faculty of Humanities in Zagreb, Croatia to discovering passion for making cakes. She is currently a weekly food columnist for Croatian newspaper V magazine and food magazine Repete.