This is my first week for this new meme. Each Friday I would love for you all to link up to your version of the theme for the week, or if you don’t blog, just leave a comment about yours. I don’t care if you make it all by scratch, use prepared items, order it out, if you have a vegan version, or what – just play along! Also, pictures or no pictures, still feel free to participate.
I know this one might take a while to catch on, but I’m going to keep trying for at least 2 months and keep my fingers crossed. I’m trying to give the schedule in advance so you can snap pictures and prepare posts ahead of time if you make something sooner. For instance if you make tacos for dinner tonight, take some pics and some notes so you can share at the end of the month on October 29 with us. Here is the schedule so far:
October 8 – Stuffed peppers
October 15 – Spaghetti with Red Sauce
October 22 – Meatloaf (or veggie loaf – whatever)
October 29 – Tacos
Stuffed peppers are one of Hubby and Taylor’s most requested meals. I never make it in the summer since I have to use the oven (I rarely use the oven in the summer), so when fall rolls around that is one of the first things they request. My basic recipe is the same, ground beef, rice, and a tomato sauce stuffed inside green peppers – but I do it various ways. This week I made it Taylor’s favorite way which has a little less sauce on it (although he will eat it any way I make it). I should add that I make much more of the stuffing than peppers at our house, only because Taylor and I don’t eat the actual green peppers, just Hubby does.
Robyn’s Stuffed Peppers (Taylor’s favorite way)
- 4-5 cups cooked rice (white rice and brown rice both work well)
- 1 green pepper (use more if your family will eat them)
- 1 lb ground beef (I use ground sirloin or a lower fat ground usually)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion (white or yellow)
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped (you can use garlic powder, I won’t tell)
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 26 oz jar of a tomato and basil pasta sauce
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese (if you must use the canned kind that’s ok too)
I usually start the rice first since it takes a bit to cook. My very favorite brand of white rice is Texmati. It is definitely more expensive than other rice at my grocery store, but to me it is well worth it. It always turns out great! I use a tad less water than what the directions call for.
Preheat your oven to 350° F. Slice your green pepper(s) in half lengthwise and clean out the membrane and seeds and wash the pepper. Place open side down in microwave safe dish (I used the same Corningware dish the entire thing will go into to save washing) into the microwave and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
Brown your ground beef in a large skillet. When just lightly browned add your onions and garlic and cook until onions are tender (just a few minutes). Now add your paprika, allspice, and tomato sauce and combine. Don’t worry that it is very wet, because you are going to now add in your prepared rice which will absorb a lot of it. You can use as much or as little rice as you like here, the more you add the more it will stretch it out for your family. If you want to add more than 4 or 5 cups of rice though you will need to add more sauce. Once you have it all combined adjust with salt and pepper to your taste.
Stuff the peppers with the stuffing mixture and place the rest of the stuffing mixture in the bottom of the casserole dish; set the stuffed peppers on top. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.
Below is a picture I posted a while back when I made them a bit differently – that variation uses more sauce on top which I mix with red wine, the parmesan cheese I put in the stuffing mixture, and I add shredded mozzarella to the top. Like I said, you can play around with this a lot to make it exactly how you want it.
Now it’s your turn. Add your link to your post about stuffed peppers (any kind) below if you are a blogger, or if you don’t blog, just share your version in the comments section. Whatever works for you. I would love it if you could encourage your friends and family to join in each Friday as well.