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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

I don't really follow a recipe...and I don't make Stuffed Peppers all that often so when I DO, the ingredients vary a bit. But I'll share how I made them the other night, becuz they came out SO yummy!

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
jar of pasta sauce
4 peppers (I usually use green, but this time opted for red)
1/2-3/4 of another pepper
1/2 an onion
Shredded cheese (I used both mozzarella AND a cheddar mix for some variety)

Directions:
Chop up the onion and 1/2-3/4 of lone pepper and saute in a frying pan. Add ground beef and brown meat. Season as you wish (I pretty much just used salt and pepper). Sprinkle in some of the shredded cheeses and mix until blended and melted in meat mixture, over low heat.

Add about 1/2 the jar of sauce...enough so that the meat is not dry, but not too much so that it is soupy. Cut off the tops of the peppers and clean out the seeds and membranes inside so they are hollowed out. I set up the four peppers, standing, in a small casserole dish so that they would not fall over in the oven. Fill the stuffing into each pepper. Pour a bit of sauce over the top of each pepper and stuffing mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, covered over with tin foil. Remove the foil after 50 minutes, sprinkle cheese over each pepper, and bake for an additional ten minutes or so.

Serve and enjoy!!

P.S. I do not blanch my peppers ahead of time, becuz I like my peppers to have a little bit of crunch to them but if you want them softer, I'd advise boiling the empty peppers for about five minutes before stuffing.