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Holiday Party Appetizer Idea: Mini Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Beef + Couscous

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” right? Except you have a million things to get done before the magic can really begin and that’s on top of attending holiday parties, gift wrapping and or course don’t forget, you still have to decorate your own home and tree. How about combining a few of your holiday tasks by hosting a Christmas Tree Trimming Party! In my opinion it is THE easiest way to see your friends AND ensure your tree is decorated well before Santa comes sliding down the chimney after Christmas Eve dinner. 

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Tree Trimming Party Appetizer Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Couscous #AnAppealingPlan by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - tree behind the coffee table

I know, you might be thinking – Put another party on calendar? Won’t that add to my to-do list rather than take things off? Yes. And no. While it may add a few items to your list, it is guaranteed to take more off then put on. Here are my top suggestions for planning a tree trimming party::

Don’t Over Think It.
Tree trimming parties can be super casual get together, no need to pull out the party dress yet. It is a way to gather friends and neighbors to get the party started early in the season. Keep the tablescape decor simple by placing everything on a tray to be moved from the kitchen to the living room. A simple vase with white Tulips and seeded Eucalyptus looks festive but not over done.

Tree Trimming Party Appetizer Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Couscous #AnAppealingPlan by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - set the table

Keep The Menu Simple.
Your guests will be busy hanging ornaments and chatting but you will want to offer a few easy bites. Try something that can easily be made ahead of time then heated up right before guest arrive. Put out a cheese board along with another easy to make appetizer like Mini Sweet Peppers stuffed with Beef + Couscous. How cute are they in their festive red!

Tree Trimming Party Appetizer Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Couscous #AnAppealingPlan by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - overview of the full table

Tree Trimming Party Appetizer Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Couscous #AnAppealingPlan by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - place peppers on a wood slab

Let Guests Serve Themselves.
No need to set a full table. These people are here to work! Place your appetizers out on the coffee table along with small plates and napkins. For this type of gathering I prefer to serve recipes that don’t require utensils – one or two bites is perfect with a small side plate. Less to clean up at the end of the night!

Tree Trimming Party Appetizer Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Couscous #AnAppealingPlan by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen

Tree Trimming Party Appetizer Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Couscous #AnAppealingPlan by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - stack plates for guests to help themselves

 

Mini Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Beef + Couscous
Yields 30
Print
Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound Ground Beef
  2. 15 baby sweet bell peppers (about 2-1/2 to 3 inches long, about 1-1/4 pounds)
  3. 2/3 cup regular or spicy 100% vegetable juice
  4. 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  5. 1/4 cup uncooked whole wheat or regular couscous
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  10. 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Parmesan, Monterey Jack, white Cheddar or Italian-blend cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes, but not stem. Place peppers, cut-sides up, on two rimmed baking sheets.
  2. Combine Ground Beef, vegetable juice, spinach, couscous, garlic, oregano, salt and black pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Spoon beef mixture evenly into peppers. Sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, in 400°F oven 25 to 30 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of pepper registers 160°F and peppers begin to brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. Bake on a roasting pan to allow juices to drain off.
Adapted from Florida CattleWomen Inc.
An Appealing Plan http://anappealingplan.com/

Tree Trimming Party Appetizer Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Couscous #AnAppealingPlan by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - cutting board with peppers

Tree Trimming Party Appetizer Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Couscous #AnAppealingPlan by #KraylFunch #FLCattleWomen - peppers stuffed before cooking

If you like this beef appetizer recipe you are going to LOVE all the recipes the Beef Website has to offer. They even have an entire section of appetizers ready for you to incorporate beef into your holiday parties! Learn more on the Florida Beef website.

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