Two of them - oh boy! What a joke. The six pepper plants kept dropping their blossoms - what is that about? Too much rain? These two nicely-sized peppers have been mocking me since Saturday when I picked them and tonight I'm going to make one of my favorites - stuffed peppers. My dad made the best stuffed peppers, but was always very vague about his recipe, like all good cooks are. I'll share my recipe, but must warn you that I'm no cook.
2 large green peppers (how convenient; that's all I've got)
3/4 lb. ground beef, pork, lamb, or sausage (I use lean ground beef)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 7.5 ounce can tomatoes, cut up (fresh would be nice; I use a petit cut with Italian spices)
1/3 cup long grain rice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I'm generous with it - love the stuff!)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil or oregano (I use both)
1/2 cup shredded American cheese
Halve peppers lengthwise, removing stems, seeds and membranes. Immerse peppers in boiling water for 3 minutes. Sprinkle insides with salt. Invert on paper towels to drain well.
In a skillet cook meat and onion until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain. Stir in undrained tomatoes, uncooked rice, Worcestershire, basil and oregano, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in 1/4 cup of the cheese. Fill peppers with meat mixture. Place in a baking dish and bake at 375 for about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
This same mixture can be used to fill zucchini or cabbage rolls. There is always just enough meat mixture left in the pan after filling the peppers that I can stand over the stove and eat hobo-style. I especially like this recipe because the peppers are just blanched and stay nice and crunchy. I always serve this with mashed potatoes and extra sauce on the side. Yum! Off to eat and enjoy.
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