Friday, September 19, 2008
Stuffed Red Peppers
Food, Food, Food...
This food posting madness is coming to a place where it won't be all I talk about soon. Promise.
For now, though, you need to know this. Really. It's my favorite meal so far this month.
I'm not a fan of green peppers, but red peppers are good food. When I spied these big fat babies at a local produce stand I had to pick them up. They were just screaming to be stuffed. So stuff them I did, and I recommend you do the same. I read about three or four recipes and then made up my own to suit my needs. This is not a recipe. It's more like a tutorial with recipe like qualities.
4 large red bell peppers (whole)
1/2 lb ground beef or 1 cup of black beans (cooked)
2 cups cooked brown rice (cooked)
1/2 of a sweet onion (chopped)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 cup tomatoes (diced)
2 ounces feta cheese (crumbled)
lowry's seasoned salt or Kansas City style seasoning
1 cup shredded mozzarella
Remove the tops and the seeds and ribs from the bell peppers. (Slice the bottoms without puncturing the cavity to keep the pepper upright if needed.)
Place the whole peppers in a large wide bottom pan with about 1 inch of water in the bottom. Steam the peppers for about 15 minutes or until slightly tender (this speeds the baking process and helps prevent the filling from drying out)
While peppers are steaming you can start the filling:
Brown your ground beef (heat the black beans if using for vegetarian option)
Add onions and garlic to soften
Add tomatoes and seasonings and simmer mixture together until tomatoes are soft
Add cooked brown rice to the mixture and taste for seasonings. Add more seasoning salt if needed.
Add water to keep the ingredients slightly moist (NOT wet)
Simmer until all is incorporated nicely
Add feta crumbles and let melt into mixture.
Fill peppers with mixture and top with mozzarella cheese.
Place peppers in a 350 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted and peppers are completely soft.
Serve with the corn you picked yourself and the watermelon your Dad grew and you have a delightful meal.