Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ground Beef and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers.

Good morning!

Sometimes an old recipe can be turned around to be something even better.  Both my mom and my grandmother used to make stuffed peppers, and as a kid...they weren't my favorite.  But I have to say...my tastes have changed! 

This recipe is rather simple (as far as stuffed peppers are concerned), and equally delicious.  

Here's the recipe: 

1 pound lean ground beef, browned
2 cups brown rice, cooked
6 green peppers, tops removed and reserved, seeds removed
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 – 28 ounce can tomato sauce, divided
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make brown rice according to the directions, enough for 2 cups.

To prepare the peppers, cut the tops off and remove seeds.  In a pot of boiling water, cook peppers and tops for approximately 6 to 7 minutes, or until tender.  Remove and drain fully.  Cut a small slice off of the bottom of each pepper so they can stand on their own.  Place in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and set aside.  

In a large pot, heat oil and sauté onions until translucent, about 4 minutes.  Add garlic and cook another two minutes.  Add ground beef and cook until browned.  Season with salt and pepper.  

Add Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup of the tomato sauce, rice, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes.  Combine and heat through. 

Fill peppers with mixture, dividing evenly. 

Mix remaining tomato sauce with Italian seasoning and pour over peppers.  
Note:  For a thinner tomato sauce, add a little water to the mixture before pouring it over the peppers. 

Top with the prepared pepper lids.

Bake approximately 1 hour, or until peppers are heated through.  Lay a piece of foil over the peppers if the tops are becoming too done.

Since this meal has a combination of protein and carbohydrates, I thought a salad would be a perfect side dish.  

My girls curled their noses up when I told them what we were having for dinner.  After they tried the peppers, they gave this dish a 9.5!  

I hope you enjoy your day!


1 comment:

  1. Peter Pieper's Pickled PeppersMarch 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Those look like "10s" to me, I think your daughter was being a little hard on you.