Stuffed Peppers

Sometimes I feel like I try to be pretentious when I cook, and that good home cooking needs more soul than flare.  I decided to try my hand at stuffed peppers.  I remember my mom making these when I was younger, but don’t remember much about them.  I decided to go recipe-less, to see what happens.
Stuffed Peppers:

  • 1/3-1/2 C Onion – Chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic – Minced
  • 1 Zucchini – Small Dice
  • 2 Carrots – Small Dice
  • 2 Stalks Celery – Small Dice
  • 8 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Can Stewed Diced Tomato
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • 1 c Rice
  • 10 oz Asiago/Parmesan cheese blend
  • 1/3 c bread crumbs
  • 1/8 t Thyme
  • 1/8 t Oregano
  • 1/8t Paprika
  • 3 T Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 375.  Bring large pot of water boil.  Heat the oil in a large pan.  Add the onions and garlic, and sweat.  Cut the tops off the peppers, and remove seeds and veins.  Cut the flesh from around the stem, and chop.  Add the carrot and celery to the pan.  After 2 minutes, add the zucchini and chopped bell pepper.  Saute till soft.  Simultaneously, blanch pepper cups in boiling water for 5 minutes to soften slightly.  Remove sautéed vegetable from pan, and cover.    Add beef to pan, and brown.  Drain.  Return beef and vegetable to pan.  Add rice and tomatoes.  Season with paprika, thyme and oregano, salt and pepper.  Heat through.  Place mixture in a large mixing bowl, and mix in 2/3 of the cheese, and 1/2 the bread crumbs.  Toss quickly to combine.

Using a spoon, fill the pepper cups with the mixture.  Use the back fo the spoon to push the mixture tightly into the cup.  Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs, and then top with cheese.  Place the pepper cups on a cookie sheet, and bake, for 30-35 minutes.


These came out pretty good.  Both kids ate them, and Maya asked for seconds.  The rice was, as they’d say on Chopped, “A little Al Dente.”  Next time, I’d add a little chicken stock, or tomato juice to add more moisture.  Also need way more seasoning.  Garlic powder, NM Chili Powder, and more paprika.  The herbs were pretty spot on, just a subtle hint.


1 Response to “Stuffed Peppers”

  1. 1 bluemoxie February 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    aw, no pictures? maybe next time! sounds delicious!

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