Stuffed peppers are an easy-to-make, versatile dish that you can make with a variety of ingredients. This dish is a great way to use up peppers when they are in season. But sometimes, all those extra peppers can mean you have too many stuffed peppers sitting around as well. So can you freeze stuffed peppers when there are just too many? Absolutely!
Not only are they easy to freeze, stuffed peppers are actually an ideal dish for freezing. They retain their flavor and texture well in addition to holding their shape. If you do things correctly, your thawed dish will taste and look as good as it did when you put it in the freezer. Frozen stuffed peppers are perfect for people who live alone and do not want to spend a lot of time cooking every night. They are also perfect for busy families who need meals that can be reheated and served quickly.
To freeze and reheat stuffed peppers successfully, you will need to follow a few key steps:
Decide between cooked or raw
Freezing stuffed peppers starts with a simple question: Do you want to cook your peppers first for a shorter reheating time in the future or do you want to freeze them raw and cook them when they are thawed for a little better flavor? You should also decide between a raw filling and a cooked filling. Note that while it is possible to freeze and reheat stuffed peppers with a raw filling, it is safer to use a cooked filling. Which you choose depends on how much time you want to spend cooking after you take your peppers out of the freezer.
If you decide to freeze cooked peppers, make sure that any meat in them is cooked thoroughly. Allow the peppers to cool completely before you put them in the freezer. If you freeze them while they are still warm, they may become soggy when you thaw them.
Protect them from freezer burn
If you choose to freeze cooked peppers, use a freezer-safe casserole dish for maximum convenience. If the dish is freezer-safe, all you have to do is place a lid on it once the stuffed peppers are cooled. The dish can go right into the freezer and you can simply take your peppers out and reheat when you need them.
If you do not have a freezer safe casserole dish, you can wrap the peppers individually. Start by placing them on a baking sheet which can then be placed into the freezer until the peppers are frozen. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and wrap the peppers individually.
Use a double layer of plastic wrap and take the time to make sure that no part of the pepper is exposed. Place the wrapped peppers into freezer bags that you have labeled and dated. Note that frozen stuffed peppers should still be good after a year if you have wrapped and stored them properly; however, they are best when eaten within six months.
You can place frozen peppers in the oven and reheat without thawing them first. Remove the lid of your freezer-safe casserole dish and place the dish directly into the oven, or unwrap them if you opted to wrap them individually. Bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until they are completely thawed. If you want to shorten the baking time, thaw the peppers first by placing them in your refrigerator overnight. Baked the thawed peppers at 350 until they completely warm.