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Stuffed Peppers | December 3, 2012

 

This is going to be quick but did you know that a green bell pepper has more vitamin C than an orange? It’s true. Yesterday I made stuffed peppers so I would have something to take to work this week. I browned ground beef with onion and garlic, salt and pepper, drained off the grease and added spaghetti sauce. Buy it already made or make it yourself. I parboiled the peppers and stuffed them with the meat mixture. For my sons, I added rice. I left the rice out of half of them so I could avoid the starch because “I ain’t agonna be no diabetic”. That sounds a little like a southern Italian instead of the southern girl that I am. Oh well, I’ll be in Sicily soon and then I’ll fit right in there. I have to say, that pepper was mighty tasty at lunch today. It seems pretty presumptuous of me to put my made-up recipe here because there are plenty of people with family recipes that are much better. Anyway, here’s what I did:

Stuffed Peppers

Ground Beef, 1 pound

White onion, 1

Garlic, 2 cloves

Green Bell Peppers with flat bottoms, 6

Rice, 1 cup white

Spaghetti Sauce (See recipe that follows)

Cheddar Cheese

Put a large pot of water on high heat, add 1 Tbsp of salt and bring it to boil. Stir to mix salt and water.  Wash peppers; cut thin slice off tops and clean out seeds and ribs. Save tops in baggie in freezer for another use. Drop peppers into water for about 5 minutes to soften.  Remove peppers and set aside. Drain all but two cups of the water. Add 1 cup of rice to boiling water. No need to add more salt. Cook without lid on medium heat for 20 minutes. Watch carefully and add more water if it becomes too dry. Brown ground beef with onion and garlic until brown. When all meat is brown, add the rice and the spaghetti sauce. Spoon a small amount of sauce into bottom of 9X11inch baking dish or other dish appropriate for size of peppers. Place the peppers in the dish and spoon ground beef mixture into peppers. Spoon any remaining sauce over all the peppers until covered well. Grate some cheese over tops and place in oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Spaghetti Sauce

Olive oil

Onion

Garlic

Tomato Sauce, 2 15 ounce cans

Fresh or dried basil

Heat oil in pan and add onion (medium low heat). Do not brown onions. Go for a transparent look. Then add crushed garlic, 2-3 cloves to your taste. Cook another two minutes, stirring. Season the onion and garlic with salt and pepper to taste. Add both cans of tomato sauce. If using dried basil, add now about 1 tsp. If using fresh, add 4-5 leaves shredded with fingers at the end of cooking time.

Neat little Christmas package. Complete meal in a bowl.

Neat little Christmas package. Complete meal in a bowl.

 

Stuffed Peppers

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