Stuffed Like A......

March 31, 2009

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............PEPPER!!!!

I bet you were all wondering when I was going to do another food post.

Did you think I stopped cooking?

Of course not!!

Things have been just a tad crazy around here since we returned from our trip. Mortgage rates are at an all time low and Pat has been working round the clock, even on weekends. My new hire started yesterday, so I spent last week preparing things for her so I can get her trained and ramped up fairly quickly. Soccer has also started, which means practices during the week and dinners have had to be fast and nothing too fancy. So this weekend I really wanted to cook something hearty, healthy, and comforting.

At Pat's request, I cooked STUFFED PEPPERS. This is one of his favorites, and to be honest, I am not sure where this recipe came from. It is the way my Mom made peppers, so I took her recipe and added a couple extra ingredients.

Here is the recipe for my foody friends who like to try new things.

Just a fair warning though....I am one of those that does not measure when I cook, so I had to guesstimate this for you:)

Ingredients:

8 Peppers Red, Green, Yellow, or Orange{I like to use an assortment of colors, it looks so pretty when you serve it}
2 pounds of ground turkey or ground beef{I use turkey}
1 onion
2-3 cloves of garlic
2-3 Carrots, peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces
Fresh Basil
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil{About 2 TBSP}
1 bag of frozen corn
1 Box of Rice{I love to use Abrorio Rice, but you can use anything that you prefer}
4 15oz cans of Tomoto Sauce
Cheese- Grated Pecorino Ramono or Shredded Mozzarella...or both:)

Directions:

Make the rice according to the directions on the box and put aside

Take all of the peppers except for one and slice off the top portion, wash and clean out the insides. Then I put the peppers on a tray standing upright and put them in the microwave for 3-5 minutes. It starts to steam them a little bit so they are not too raw when they go into the oven.

Chop the onion, carrots, and the remaining pepper and saute in olive oil for about 10minutes. I add a little salt and pepper at this point and then add chopped garlic and stir for another minute of two. Next, I add the ground turkey. Once the turkey is cooked through, I will add 2-3 cans of the tomato sauce. Stir and add the bag of frozen corn. Then I will grab a bunch of basil leaves and tear them up into little pieces and stir those in. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes continuing to stir. Depending on your taste, you might want to add a little more salt and pepper.

Now you should have the rice in one pot and the meat mixture in another. You want to mix the rice into the meat mixture. If it is too dry looking, add a litte more sauce.

Once everything is mixed, you can scoop the mixture into the peppers and place them into a casserole dish. I usually have extra filling, so I fill in the dish all around the peppers. You should have a remaining can of tomato sauce......drizzle it over the top of the peppers. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 Degrees for about 20 minutes. Pull the dish out of the oven and add the cheese of your choice and bake for another 20 minutes.





You will love this one....it is not too hard and it is perfect for entertaining....each person gets their own pepper. Serve it with a nice salad, some crusty bread, a great bottle of red wine, and your meal is complete.

My family likes this so much I usually double the recipe and put some away in the freezer......they store really well and make great leftovers.

Caught with Candy In My Mouth-700
Since we are talking about things that are stuffed, I had to include this picture of Sarah. Friday around dinner time, she snuck into the candy jar{which she had to climb up onto the counter to reach} and quickly "Stuffed" two pieces of chocolate into her mouth at once........thinking she got away with it.

Little did she know, Mom not only has eyes in the back of her head....she has a lens permanantly attached to her face

She was guilty as charged and looking mighty proud of it!!

41 comments:

Marla said...

YUMMO, can't wait to try the recipe, and I love the pic of the guilty, yet adorable, Miss Sarah. :)

Jennifer said...

That looks so yummy! I might even be able to swing those. Too bad we don't live closer we would just come over :) I love the picture of Sarah-sneaky :)

Lucy said...

I LOVE stuffed peppers, your recipe sounds divine...I'm going to have to try it! Thanks for sharing and if you took that picture of the pepper...fabulous job! I love Sarah's chocolate stuffed cheeks! :)

carolinagirl said...

That pepper looks delicious!!!

The picture of Sarah is so sweet...my boys still try to sneak candy even though they know I'm always about to catch them! :)

Have a good rest of the week,
Corey

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

that looks so yummy! and that pic is absolutely adorable, definitely one for the books!

Jodee Leader said...

I haven't had stuffed peppers in years, but I do love them! I will pass this recipe along to the chef at our house!

Cute picture of Sarah. Busted!

Felicia said...

That stuffed pepper looks amazing. And love that look on Miss Sara's face :)

Michelle said...

Mmmmmm... those look yummy!!! And what a cute picture of Sarah!

Glad to hear your assistant started. I hope he/she starts making things easier for you!

jiangxigirls said...

Looks yummy! Love the pic of Sarah -- she is so cute stuffed cheeks and all!

Sandra said...

It looks GOOOOOD :-)

Missy said...

Yummy!!! Ok, I am requesting this for dinner one night :)

You know my feelings on that pic of Sarah...to die for! Love her and can't wait to squeeze that baby girl's neck (and her mommy's!)

Love ya!

Dita said...

Oh, that is an AMAZING picture of Sarah! I just love that little impish grin with the candy in her mouth!

Great recipe. I make stuffed peppers my grandmother's way which doesn't include meat or rice and doesn't sound near as hearty as this. I am definitely going to try this!

Now what CRAZY person would have thought that YOU gave up cooking? With talent like that...you'd better NOT!

Jennifer said...

I love stuffed peppers and this pepper looks so yummy!

I am going to try this recipe! Thanks!

Jen

Colleen said...

Yum yum!!!!

Patricia/NYC said...

Mmmmm....I LOVE stuffed peppers!! Definitely will try this one too!
Thanks for sharing!

Oh & that little candy thief...TOO CUTE!!! Love that you snapped her photo right at that moment! lol!

Gail said...

Oh you are making me hungry Lisa. Will definitely be trying this...love your recipes, please keep them coming!

And that Sarah, look at that little guilty chocolate-y smile. So cute!

Casey said...

Yum.... I don't cook but I sure would like to eat those peppers.... I should give the receipe to my husband! HAHA!!

Great pics!!

sara said...

Oh the stuffed peppers sound delicious! O wish I could have made them my Mom was here, you know to impress her & all!

How sneaky is Sarah? Mya climbed on top of her armoir today to get her blanket (which I am trying unsuccessfully to limit to nap & bedtime!)

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

Your recipe sounds wonderful and perfect for visiting guests.

Chocolate.... Sarah is a sweetie after my own heart. What girly girl doesn't love chocolate????

Sue said...

Thanks for the recipe and the pretty photo to go with it. I'm gonna make this for sure!

Sue : )

Mandi said...

Love the picture of Sarah, she looks so innocent.
I am definitely going to have to try the peppers recipe. My hubby loves peppers.

Mandi

Jennifer said...

Now I am starving!!!! I will be trying this one for sure :)
Thanks for sharing, glad you are finally getting the new girl trained :)
Love the picture of Miss Sarah!

Jen

paige said...

busted!!
the peppers sound scrumptuos
love it when you share recipes
xo

Shelly and Family said...

Oh Lisa...those stuffed peppers look so good and now I want some lol! (Pat made a great choice!) I love the photo of Sarah - she is so busted! Hope all is well and that everything is working out smoothly - from the sound of things - life in your house is still very busy! Love Ya!

Jboo said...

That does look and sound yummy!! Sounds like you all are so busy these days. Love that guilty photo of Miss Sarah!

Happy Wednesday!
Janet

kerri said...

Love Sarah's expression, too cute!!!
The stuffed peppers look so delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

At Home In Georgia said...

Yummy! I love to cook pretty food.

I am the mom and I still sneak.

Vivie said...

LOL abt little Sarah.Adorable!

Yummy recipe , we do that in Greece sans the pecorino and carrots.we also gut some tomatoes and fill them too..it's yummier!

Kam said...

How sweet! Looks like a great meal and if I Heart Faces does a "guilty" theme...you've got your pic all ready to go! That is stinkin' hilarious!

Lisa said...

Yummy!!! It looks so impressive too! I may have to use that recipe in my near future!

We are refinancing right now, I can't believe how low the rates are! Glad to hear that he is busy! : )

Jo said...

They look delicious ~ perfect for the cold and rainy night we are having!

Regardless of her guilt, she is still a cutie.

Jo

Pug Mama said...

that pic makes me wish I liked peppers!

Kayce said...

Yum! Will be adding that recipe to my box! Love that picture of Sarah! She looks so sly!

elliotts said...

YUMMY! Thanks for sharing a GREAT recipe! Sarah's picture is too cute....and sneaky!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

What you have a lens permanently attacked to you face? Me too!!! I am sure that soon enough I will have Shauna with one on her face too :)

As for stuffed Peppers... I am somewhat 'picky' and I am not a fan of them...

Take care

Briana's Mom said...

Gawd that pepper looks AMAZING! Your little sneak is lucky she is so cute! ;)

Diana said...

My mom use to make stuffed peppers but she called them Stuffed Mango's. Once I knew the difference between the 2 she still would say "not these are stuffed mango's".
I have NO idea why!!

Jennifer said...

Bought the stuff to make the peppers tonight!!!!

Can't wait to try them.

Jen

Belinda said...

Lisa,
I love stuffed peppers! yummy my receipe is a bit different, I never thought of adding carrots and corn.. what a neat suprise!
that picture you took of the pepper should be in Bon Apetite OK I am lazy and cant spell that word and dont want to go to google the spelling.. ;) you know what I mean HA I have been in a blog funk but I am getting ready to update soon... I actually have a recipe that I made and thought of you when I made it.. So you will be getting a shout out soon.. HA
B

simply t said...

Hiya, I couldn't email you because it's Outlook & for some reason, it rejects me. Here's my email:
gulfcruzan@yahoo.com

Looking forward to info! It's my new thang...hopefully it's all good!

jenbusymom said...

Looks good! That's too funny! Busted is right! I remember when Caitie was little and I had no idea how she did it but she managed to climb up on the counter and claim her treasures and I found her under the dining room table stuffing her mouth surrounded by chocolate foils all around her! Now I'm afraid Maddie is catching on fast too!