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blueberries4sal
blueberries4sal
blueberries4sal
Mon, Feb. 23rd, 2009 04:05 pm
Stuffed Peppers


I wish I'd taken photos of mine. This is borrowed off the internet but they're stuffed with sausage and it's close to what mine looked like. Picture this but better browned on top and more delicious looking.

I made these for the first time last night. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to stuffed peppers. Maybe it's because I never muched like them when my Mom made them. Back then I didn't like ground beef mixed with anything else. I didn't even like homemade hamburgers, preferring instead, the MacDonald's kind of McBeef Mystery burger instead.

But I decided to make them and they were yuuuuuummmmmmeeeeeeee! I stuffed them with a mixture of ground chuck and ground sausage mixed with onion, celery, rice, and tomato and topped with cheddar cheese. I completely invented it last night. Here's how I did it.


INGREDIENTS: (makes ten stuffed pepper halves)

5 large green bell peppers (other colors would do, too, but they were more expensive)
1 lb of ground chuck
1/2 tube of breakfast sausage
1 cup of Basmati rice, cooked, fluffed and cooled
1 15oz can of whole peeled tomatoes
1 bunch of premium inner celery stalks
2 onions
olive oil
Italian seasoning, or Oregano
Paprika
salt
pepper
cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

Since I chose large peppers, I sliced them in half top to bottom (preparing to lay them on their backs and stuff each half.)
Slice, seed and remove inner pulp and stem.
Boil in water for 5 min. (no more)- drain and cool

Prepare the cup of rice (1 cup of rice to 13/4 cups of water and a teaspoon of olive oil) Stir in a pot with a tight fitting lid. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cook 20 min. Let cool and fluff.

Finely chop the onions and celery and in a heavy skillet, sautee in a little olive oil till browned. Remove, and scrape into a large mixing bowl.

Brown the ground beef and sausage in the skillet, season with oregano, salt, pepper, and paprika.
Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and press each spoonful with a spatula to drain fat-- place in mixing bowl.

Add the rice (you will have some left over rice--don't over do it)
Add the drained and chopped tomato
Mix everything together and scoop by large spoonfuls into the peppers. I usually could fit two large scoops in each pepper half (so they were mounded up)

Placed stuffed peppers on a greased sheet, top with grated cheddar cheese. And sprinkle with more paprika.
Bake in 350º oven for 15 mins, turn up to 400º and cook 5 more min.

Serve.

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janhatesmarcia
Ms. Anthropy
Mon, Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)

*drool*


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marstokyo
marstokyo
Mars Tokyo
Tue, Feb. 24th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)

They were sooooo good! I wish I had leftovers tonight.


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kdotdammit
kdotdammit
So What? Kim Dot Dammit Live
Mon, Feb. 23rd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)

Yum.


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marstokyo
marstokyo
Mars Tokyo
Tue, Feb. 24th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)

mmmmy:-)


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lizzard
lizzard
lizzard
Tue, Feb. 24th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)

I didn't even like homemade hamburgers, preferring instead, the MacDonald's kind of McBeef Mystery burger instead.

I was the same way as a kid!


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marstokyo
marstokyo
Mars Tokyo
Tue, Feb. 24th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)

I bet they put sugar in them!


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marstokyo
marstokyo
Mars Tokyo
Tue, Feb. 24th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)

Oh yeah! You are. At first I got out my Moosewood cookbook for a recipe, then realized hey-- they're all vegetarian and I was definitely using meat! so I just winged it.


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marstokyo
marstokyo
Mars Tokyo
Tue, Feb. 24th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)

Best soups bar none!


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marstokyo
marstokyo
Mars Tokyo
Tue, Feb. 24th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)

I love that one. Also the carrot-cashew (B.Bunny says "It's the BEST!")


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eastcoastmama
eastcoastmama
Miss 'Chelle
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)

I'm going to try this tonight! I'll be sure to post my results this weekend. :)


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marstokyo
marstokyo
Mars Tokyo
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)

Yaaaay!! and YUMMMMMM!


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eastcoastmama
eastcoastmama
Miss 'Chelle
Sun, Mar. 1st, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)

Well, I tried it. I did not follow the recipe exactly, but the only changes I did were minor. I used red peppers and brown rice. I didn't pre-cook the peppers since I like red peppers a bit crunchy. I also used the full tube of sausage along with the beef, and I didn't use a full bunch of celery but it was a lot of veg in there. Delicious!

I had a bunch of people over to sample this tasty treat and the reviews were all good! There were none left over. Everyone was raving about them. So cheers, good recipe!


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marstokyo
marstokyo
Mars Tokyo
Sun, Mar. 1st, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)

Nice variations!


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