Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Stuffed Green Peppers

I thought since we've been over my grandma's wrongdoings in the kitchen, we should move on to something she did right! Her stuffed peppers were always right! She seems to have misplaced her recipe, so this is as close as I can get. It's pretty close though and it's dang good! No side dished required! Maybe some good crusty bread or a side of fresh fruit is all you need.

4 green Bell Peppers, tops removed, seeded and membranes removed
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup minute rice, uncooked
1/2 cup water
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 small can diced tomatoes or 2 small tomatoes seeded and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Boil peppers in salted water for 5 minutes. Set aside.

In a large skillet brown ground beef. Drain grease.* Add onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat 3-4 minutes. Add rice, water, tomatoes and 1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce. Cover and simmer over medium low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in half of the cheese. Fill peppers with mixture. Place filled peppers in shallow baking dish. Spoon remaining spaghetti sauce over peppers. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake another 5 minutes.

*When I brown ground beef for a recipe like this I always drain the grease when the meat is done. I also rinse the meat with hot water to remove as much of the grease as possible.