Monday, 5 March 2012

Dinner Made Easy - Stuffed Green Peppers

My Stuffed Green Peppers - Fancy and Easy
If you want to make a simple dinner that makes you look like you went to a great deal of trouble, make stuffed green peppers.  They are also a economical way to use up rice if you made too much for a stir fry or other dish.  I actually made double the rice for my stir fry so that I would have enough for both my stir fry and stuffed peppers.
This Recipe is for 8 super large stuffed green peppers. 

When making stuffed green peppers, it is best to use super large ones so you have lots of room to put the filling in.


8 Super Large Green Peppers
Lean or medium ground beef (whatever you prefer), I bought a family/economy pack
about 8 cups cooked long grain rice, 4 cups uncooked rice (it's better to make a little more and use for another meal)
2 jars of tomatoes or spaghetti sauce (I use Ragu)
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (divided 1/4 in mix and 1/4 sprinkled on top)
1 ball of mozzarella cheese (divided 3/4 used in meat mixture and 1/4 thinly sliced or grated for topping)
salt and pepper to taste


Cut the tops off of the green peppers, take out the seeds and trim inside edges with a knife.  Cook rice (this can be done the day before and placed in the fridge).

Brown ground beef add salt and pepper to taste.  When beef is browned, add tomato/spaghetti sauce and let simmer for about 15 minutes to heat sauce through and get some of the beef flavour (you can simmer longer if you like but dinner will take longer to prepare).

Mix in 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and sliced or grated mozzarella.  Heat and mix until mozzarella cheese has melted.

Add rice to the meat mixture and stir until all the rice is coated with the sauce/meat mixture.

Place your peppers into a baking dish or pan and fill each pepper with the rice/meat mixture.

Top each pepper with remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and sliced or grated remaining mozzarella cheese.

Place in 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for about one hour or until the green peppers are softened. Cover with foil and remove foil about 15 minutes before removing from oven.

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