Last week, as I sat making my weekly meal plan, I was having trouble coming up with new ideas. All of a sudden, it popped into my head, stuffed bell peppers! It was something I’ve only had a couple times, many years ago. My husband, he never tried them before and he wasn’t so sure. Yeah, he will eat homemade pork skins and gizzards and squirrel, but a stuffed bell pepper? I guess that was pushing it.
After a bit of prodding, he relented. So I got to work looking for a recipe and came across a good ol’ Betty Crocker one. However, it called for little seasoning and sounded bland. I knew I couldn’t convince my husband with that one. So here’s my interpretation:
You will need:
- 4 bell peppers, any color
- 1lb ground beef
- 2-3 green onions
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 cup quick rice
- 1 8oz can tomato sauce
- 1 T Worcester sauce
- 4 strips bacon
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Chili powder
Here’s the method:
Start a big pot of water for your peppers and bring to a boil. Be sure to fill with enough water to cover your peppers. Also start a small pot of water to cook your rice according to directions. While waiting on the water, core your peppers. When boiling, add your peppers and boil 2 mins. Remove and put into a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking. Then shake the water out and place in an 8×8 baking dish.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Chop up your onions and mince your garlic. Start a skillet around medium high and add your ground beef. As it begins to brown, add your onions and garlic and seasonings. Cook completely. Drain and move to a bowl. Use the hot skillet to cook your bacon, we cooked ours crispy so it wouldn’t get soggy in the mixture. While your bacon cooks, mix your tomato sauce, 1/2 cup of cheese and Worcester into the beef. When bacon is done chop it and add to the beef mixture.
Stuff your peppers tightly, cover with foil and bake for 10 mins. Remove the foil sprinkle with cheese and bake 10-15 more minutes until they reach desired tenderness.
Have you ever tried stuffed peppers? Give these a try!