Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stuffed Peppers II (with Stuffed Pepper Bowl variation)

1 1/2 pounds ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey, and/ or ground pork
1 onion, diced
Bell peppers (depending on size you will need 6 regular "store" sized peppers or up to 20 to 25 small peppers, see photo above and below)
5 small tomatoes, diced (about two cups)
1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce (to taste, start small) or naturally fermented soy sauce
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1/4 cup coconut milk or whole milk or cream or broth, etc.
Seasonings - about 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp oregano, and 1 Tbsp paprika and sea salt/pepper to taste
Shredded cheese, any type - about 1/2 cup

How To:
1. Preheat oven to 350 or 375 degrees. Clean peppers, chop the tops (other than the stems) and boil for 10 minutes in water. Remove and set aside to dry.
2. In the meantime, brown ground beef (or other meat). Then add the onion, chopped peppers pieces, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce, coconut milk and all seasonings. Mix well and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft. Add rice, stir to mix.
3. Place peppers in a casserole dish and fill with meat mixture, sprinkle with cheese, and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Comments: This is a great dish to use up garden tomatoes and vegetables. As you can see in the photo above, I would have done well with about three more little peppers, but altogether I used about 20 small garden peppers and this was really great. You will just need enough to fill a cassarole dish.

Also, this stuffed peppers recipe is by far my favorite. We found a really great recipe in this. If you have any extra zucchini or swiss chard or kale to use up, add it! 

Variation: And a final thought, if you are in a hurry or don't feel like using the oven, skip Step #1 above, use half the number of peppers indicated above, cut in thick chunks, and add peppers to your skillet when you add your onions. Continue with the rest of the recipe as above. This turns it into a super easy "pepper bowl" and, honestly, it's just as good.

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