Monday, January 25, 2016

A Simple Meal

My grandmother was not the best cook in the world, but she did a have few recipes that have become comfort food for me.  Stuffed peppers are one of those recipes.

Cook white rice according to the directions.

Core the green bell peppers but don't go through the bottom.

Using a knife put an "X" in the bottom of each nub.  This will allow the grease and oil to drain from the pepper.

Find a Corningware or similar dish that fits the peppers snug and keeps them upright.

Crack an egg into a bowl.

Add seasoning; Italian seasoning, basil, parsley, and oregano. I know it seems redundant as these are all in Italian seasonings, but it's about the right combinations of these.  Not pictured: onion powder and garlic powder.  About 1/2 a tablespoon each.

Add ground beef and few spoonfuls of pasta sauce.

Mix until combined completely.

Add cooled rice to meat mixture a little at a time until you reach a good consistency.  I like a healthy amount of rice in mine so just eyeball it.

Once combined this is what the meat and rice mixture looks like.

Divide the mixture and put them into the peppers.  Don't pack them too tightly but do fill them up leaving just a bit of space on top.

Put a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of the Corningware.  

Put the stuffed pepper into the baking dish.  Toss a tablespoon or so of sauce on top of the peppers.

I made these a bit earlier than I needed them so I put cling wrap on it and placed it into the fridge.

If you chose to make this early like I did, then let it sit on the counter for about 20minutes or so until it hits room temperature.  Preheat oven or in our case the toaster oven to 350 degrees.

Remove the cling film and loosely place a piece of tin foil over the top so it doesn't burn. 

Bake until the center of the meat hits a safe internal temperature.  

Once done we like to cut it in half and pour sauce over top with some fresh grated Parmesan cheese over top.

If you like a bit of extra spice you can always add some crushed red pepper.

The pepper will be cooked through, but not too soft.  The meat mixture will have a bit of a meatloaf texture and taste similar to a meatball.  This isn't for everyone but it just good simple comfort food to me.  


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