Monday, May 6, 2013

Stuffed Peppers 2013

I don't stray far from some of my favorite dishes. Stuffed Peppers are a favorite  and easy. In fact, so easy, my husband can make them. By himself! We tag team it and make them together. It provides a good time to talk about our day. I chop the onion and cut the tops off the peppers while he starts browning the meat. He then cleans out the peppers while I drain the meat, add the onion & diced peppers, and seasonings. He'll blanch the peppers and line the pans with foil.... it's a good team effort to get dinner made.

I've already blogged about stuffed peppers before, and you can find the other recipe here. My other stuffed pepper recipe.

Here's tonight's recipe.

Stuffed Peppers in 2013

  • 6 green bell peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • chili powder, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, garlic to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • marinara sauce (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (optional)
The Peppers
Cut the tops off the green peppers. Dice the tops to add back to the mixture.
Clean out the peppers with a spoon. Don't puncture the bottom.
Place peppers in boiling water. Cook the pepper for 5-10 minutes to soften. If you skip this important step your pepper will still be raw after baking.
Drain peppers and place in foil lined pan. We use our loaf pans because the peppers stay upright.
The Stuffing
Start browning the beef. I like to add around a teaspoon of each of those seasonings listed above to flavor the meat.
Drain the meat and add the onion & chopped green pepper tops.
Add the Worcestershire sauce.
Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Add the rice, water, and diced tomatoes w/ juice. We prefer fire roasted.
Cover and let cook 10-15 minutes. Add a little more water if the rice is not covered with water.
Add the marinara sauce to the mixture. Stir well.
Stuff the peppers with the mixture and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. You can add the cheese to the top before baking, or mix the cheese into the mixture.

Enjoy :)

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