Monday, August 6, 2007

Continuing the Mediterranean Tour...

Tonight was a stop in Italy. Although stuffed peppers are not an inherently Italian dish (sshhh, don't tell my Grandma!), this version certainly tasted like it was straight from the old country! The addition of the parmesan cheese and using spaghetti sauce versus plain tomato sauce made all the difference. This is my new official stuffed pepper recipe!

Italian Stuffed Peppers (adapted from Lunch with Lynn)

4 large bell peppers
1 cup cooked rice
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 large vidalia onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Italian seasoning
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce (I used homemade that I had in the freezer)
Shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Cut the tops off of peppers and clean out seeds and membranes. Place in baking dish that has a small amount of water on the bottom (it will keep the peppers from sticking and keep them moist).

3. Brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic, crumbling the meat. Season with salt, pepper and a couple of dashes of Italian seasoning. Drain beef mixture.

4. Mix beef mixture, rice, parmesan cheese and almost all of spaghetti sauce in a bowl. Stuff an equal amount of filling into each pepper. Top with a spoonful of sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on each pepper.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and continue to bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

**What I Would Do Differently**
The peppers were still pretty raw when they came out of the oven, so next time I would boil them quickly to get them started before stuffing them and baking them.


Ally said...

Looks really good Chelly!!

Beth G. said...

Those look great! We're sauce-in-the-freezer people too so this is a great week night dinner~ YUM!

laneyu said...

these look so good! i will have to try them!

Marie Norris said...

These look sooo good hon....I will have to try them tonight! Love, Mom

MrsSisler said...

These look great! I wish DH ate stuffed peppers! Maybe I'll make them for my lunch or something

Kayte said...

these look amazing!

Amber said...

They look wonderful!! Great job.

Allie said...

i tried these last night...and they were delicious!! this is now my goto stuffed pepper recipe!!

marye said...

I do steam mine in the microwave for a bit before stuffing..but these look awesome!

Mansi Desai said...

Hi there,

its great to stumble upon your blog! nice recipes and great pics...I'm a vegetarian, but i loved this recipe and will try to make it with a beef substitution and tell u how it goes!!

meanwhile visit for some veggie recipes!



Nicole said...

I absolutely love your blog! I steam peppers in the microwave for a few minutes before sticking them in the oven. Makes all the difference. Have a great day!