Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stuffed Peppers! A dinner you will be glad you made!

Well, I'm back. Things have just gotten away from me! We had a death in the family, I've been swamped trying to juggle the booth, and keeping the house clean (yea right!), and something happened with my god sister, which.... I don't want to really go into at this moment because what I am really here to do, is to share one of my favorite recipes of this time. Now, my husband likes it, probably wishes I wouldn't make it as much as I do, but come on... I am the one that's slaving over the stove right!? I added some additional spice for him recently, which has made him very happy. So... here we go!

What you need:
* 1lb of ground beef
*2-4 large green peppers
* Small can of tomato sauce
*Rice-a-Roni 4 cheese rice
*Chopped onion (I use about a half of a medium size vadalia/sweet onion)
*Garlic salt
*shredded cheese of your choice
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1st step - Make the Four cheese Rice-a-Roni per the instructions

2nd - chop the onion. Place in frying pan with the ground beef and cook until all pink is gone.

3rd step - While the ground beef/onion mixture and rice is cooking, cut the tops off your green peppers, and take out the inside seeds so that they are hollowed out. Put them into a pot of water, and bring to a boil. Boil for about 2 minutes. When finished, take out of boiling water and place to the side.

4th step - By now, your beef and onion mixture should be done. When your rice is finished, take about 2 cups of the rice and place into the beef/onion mixture. Pour in the tomato sauce (you can add more from a second can if you wish, but this is the amount I have come to like). Warm the mixture.  As it is warming, I add the garlic salt, and fresh ground black pepper TO YOUR TASTE specifications.

5th step- place the the green peppers in a deep baking dish and fill the peppers up halfway. Add a small layer of shredded cheese. (at this point, I add extra spice to one of them for my husband. In our case, its African Bird pepper, but you could add whatever extra spices you want if someone in your family likes their food spicy!)

6th step - Fill up the peppers the rest of the way. Again, if you are making one spicy for someone in your household, sprinkle some of the spices on that same pepper. Make sure to remember which one is the spicy one!

7th step - Cover with tin foil and bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and take the tin foil off. Put another layer of cheese on top and bake for another 10 minutes.

Final step - Take out of the oven, and enjoy!

**Note - I say you need 2-4 green peppers, as you can really make this work for any of those numbers. The amount of mixture you are making, is for 4 peppers. So if you only make 2, you will have some left over mixture. I sometimes will make the leftovers in the next couple days for lunch or a dinner where my husband can't get out of work, either by just warming up the mixture and eating it by itself, or making another full pepper just for myself!
It may seem like a lot of work, but it really isn't, and I don't even need the recipe anymore!
Hope you all enjoy!

“You can't possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It's absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that.” 
― Oscar WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest