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A stuffed pepper sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

Stuffed peppers are simple to make. The basic recipe is a green pepper stuffed with ground meat, rice, and tomato sauce. Modify the amount of meat and rice, depending on how large your peppers are. I try to choose large ones, with flat bottoms. The flat bottom is important because it needs to sit upright in a baking dish, and not topple over, letting the filling fall out.

Green peppers are usually used because of their mild flavour, but you could try yellow, red, or orange peppers as well. No peppers? Make stuffed tomatoes instead.

Time to Make: 40 minutes to cook the rice, and an additional hour to bake the pepper. (You could use instant rice to save 40 minutes)

Serves: 1, as written, adjust to suit your needs

Ingredients:

  • a green pepper
  • 130 g / 4.5 oz ground beef (that’s the raw weight, and just an approximation)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice (dry)
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried parsley
  • oregano
  • 1/8 cup water (approximately, to add some moisture)

What to Do:

  1. Boil the rice. While the rice is cooking, brown the ground beef.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 F/ 180 C.
  3. Wash the pepper, and remove its stem, centre, and seeds. Don’t remove the bottom or the filling will escape.

    Remove the stem, centre, and seeds, while taking great care not to harm the bottom.

  4. Mix the rice, cooked beef, and other ingredients. This is where you can experiment a bit. Add enough worcestershire sauce and spices to make it smell good. The exact quantities depend on you. Stuff the mixture into the pepper.
  5. Bake the pepper in an oven safe baking dish for 1 hour. Every 15-20 minutes, baste the pepper with the juices from the filling.
  6. (Optional) You can now sprinkle the peppers with crumbled feta, parmesan, mozzarella, or another cheese that you like.

Modifications

You can do a lot to this basic stuffed pepper recipe to make it more exciting. Use macaroni or couscous instead of rice, chicken, shrimp, or lentils instead of beef, or use a cream based sauce instead of tomato sauce.

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