Stuffed green peppers have been one of my favorite dinners deriving from childhood memories and I decided to whip up a quick batch. Boy were they delicious. This is my first main attempt of food blogging. Its not easy to take pictures and cook at the same time while trying not to screw up the meal.
Start out with white long grain rice (about a half cup) and a whole cup of cold water. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine them and bring to a boil.
Once the rice and water combination starts to boil, immediately reduce the heat to a simmer and cover with a lid. Let it simmer for 10 minutes or so. I stirred the rice a couple of times during this process. I’m not sure if you are supposed to do that when cooking rice. Oh well. It turned out just fine.
While the rice is simmering, prepare three green peppers.
Cut off the tops of them and removed the core. Make sure all the seeds are out by gently tapping the green peppers upside down over the sink.
I was trying to capture the essence of green pepper beauty here. Ha. Please set aside the green peppers.
While the rice is stilllllllllll simmering, its time to brown 1 pound of beef.
I added chopped green onions to the browned beef for added oniony goodness. Set aside the beef. The rice should be done at this point so remove from heat.
Now we mix together the spice mix for the stuffed green pepper sauce. Throw in 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder. Add another 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
Add salt and pepper as you wish. I love salt so of course I was liberal with it.
Mix in a tablespoon (or slightly more) of Worcestershire sauce.
For the sauce itself I used a 16 ounce can of diced tomatoes and about a half cup of V8 vegetable juice. Mix together the spices we just made with this juice mixture.
Pour half of the tomato sauce into a bowl and reserve the rest. We are ready to mix it all together. Throw in the rice into the beef.
Now dump in the tomato sauce mixture that we made.
Mix it all up! Looks delicious. I added some ketchup at this point and mixed it in as well. About 1/3 of a cup of ketchup.
Put the green peppers in a baking pan and stuff them with even amounts of the stuffed pepper mixture. Make sure the green peppers are able to stand up well in the baking pan. If they don’t cooperate, trim the bottoms so that they stand well. Put them into the oven and bake for one hour.
Track down the tomato juice mixture that was reserved and add a tablespoon of cajun seasoning or your favorite seasoning such as italian seasoning. Mix it up. This will be used for periodic basting of the green peppers while they are cooking to keep them all nice and moist.
After about 2o minutes in the oven, pull out the peppers and spoon some of our basting sauce over the tops. Do this again in about 20 more minutes.
After an hour of baking and basting, the green peppers are tender and juicy. Most importantly, they are done! Eat them and enjoy.