If there’s ever a food that makes me hum as I’m eating it … stuffed peppers would be it!
But not just ANY stuffed peppers. It’s THESE stuffed peppers. My Mom used to make these growing up. She never prepared the peppers like parboiling them. They steam in the oven and come out perfectly every single time!
Green peppers, in case you were wondering, are not hot at all. There is no heat in a green pepper. After they’ve been cooked and you take a bite, moisture actually comes from the pepper itself. They get that juicy!! Then, add the wonderful combination of the beef and sausage and the cheese oozing down into the meat …. heaven! Pure H-E-A-V-E-N!
As you can plainly see one stuffed pepper is cheeseless. That would be my daughter. She doesn’t eat the cheese or the pepper, she just eats the middle. But whatever works I say, right?
Here’s how I make mine:
Cook the ground beef, onion and sausage until it’s browned. Add the rice, diced tomatoes and sauce. Here is my recipe the homemade sauce that I used in this recipe.
Cut off the tops of the peppers and deseed them. Get your assembly line ready with the yummy gooey cheese.
Fold a slice of cheese into 4s and put it in the bottom of the pepper.
Then stuff those babies with the ground beef mixture. Push it down, pack it good!
Now here’s the secret … you want your peppers to STEAM, that’s what gets them nice and soft and juicy when you bite into them! So put your pan into the oven and add about a cup of boiling water to it. Can you see the water in the bottom? If you look closely you can see it.
Now cover them tightly with foil.
And bake them for about 25-30 minutes or until you can insert a knife into them easily. Take the foil off and add the cheese at the last minute and let it melt just before serving.
Now tell me you don’t want to dig right into that !!!!Print
- 2 Cups Cooked Rice
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- ½ Cup Onion, diced
- 1–2 teaspoons Garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon ea Oregano & Basil
- 1 (15 oz) Can Diced Tomatoes (drained and cut smaller)
- Spaghetti Sauce (just enough to moisten the rice and beef)
- 4 Green peppers, stems removed and seeded
- Cheese of Choice
FOR THE GROUND BEEF:
- Add a teaspoon or two of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When warm, add the onions and sauté them for a few minutes until they begin to soften. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the ground beef, garlic and spices to the skillet. Season again with a little salt and pepper and cook until the beef is browned, breaking it up into small pieces.
- Add the cooked rice, diced tomatoes and enough sauce to moisten the beef (about 2 cups).
- Stir to combine – add more sauce if needed and taste for seasoning.
STUFFING THE PEPPERS:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the peppers into a glass baking dish to see if the peppers stand upright on their own. If they wobble, use a sharp knife and trim a tad off the bottom making sure not to break through the pepper. Place some cheese in the bottom of each pepper.
- Stuff each pepper with the beef mixture filling it almost to the top. Place the baking dish into the oven and add about a cup of boiling water to the bottom.
- Cover the peppers with foil and cook for 25-30 or until a knife can be inserted into the pepper easily.
- Remove the foil and add some cheese to the top of each pepper and let it melt before serving.
Recipe Source: HappilyUnprocessed.com
I use all organic ingredients whenever possible, and hope you do too! 🙂
At age 72 I’m an older cook . Whenever I fail to parboil peppers they taste bitter. Have you always eliminated this step? I add a tsp. of sugar to the boiling water but I’ll try your method
Hi Roberta! I have NEVER parboiled my peppers, ever. I put water in the bottom of the pan, make sure the oven is pipping hot, cover tightly with foil and you can cut them like butter!
These look great, but I am confused about the American cheese. What kind are you using to make it real food? Or do you make your own? So glad to have discovered your site!
I’m so glad you did too! And to be honest, cheese is part of the 20% I talk about on our site. I know everyone has different ideas of what unprocessed means to them. We are (and will always be) a work in progress as we aim for a 80% whole real foods, 20% processed diet. Local, high quality, organic cheese is one of those things we choose to include in our diets. We do not buy processed wrapped cheese slices. If you look at Mediterranean diets they include a lot of oil, olives, cheese, slices of sausage, garlic and seasonal vegetables. They are called Tapas. Good quality cheese is ok (in our opinion) but you want to find a cheese that is not processed, avoid emulsifiers and coloring and uses organic milk. Local is always best! thanks for your question.
Oh My Gosh!!! I have to try these. They look delicious.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Leslie! They are as delicious as they look