The Big Guy spends his days in a fancy restaurant, so when he comes home he's all about comfort food! Lucky for me, that's right up my alley.
We were overwhelmed with peppers from our garden this year, so I decided to make a bunch to freeze for this winter. This recipe, from Cook's Illustrated, was a bit different from my usual recipe, but very good.
Classic Stuffed Peppers
4 medium bell peppers (about 6 oz. each) 1/2 inch trimmed off tops, cores and seeds discarded
1/2 cup long grain white rice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onions, chopped fine ( about 1/2 cup)
12 ounces ground beef, preferably ground chuck
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained, 1/4 cup juice reserved
1 1/4 cups monterey jack cheese ( about 5 oz)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup ketchup
1. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over high heat.
2. Add 1 tablespoon salt and bell peppers.
3. Cook until peppers just begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
4. Using slotted spoon, remove peppers from pot, drain off excess water and place peppers cut side up on paper towels.
5. Return water to boil; add rice and boil until tender, about 13 minutes.
6. Drain rice and transfer to large bowl; set aside.
7. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F.
Meanwhile, heat 12 inch heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat until hot, about 1 1/2 minutes; add oil and swirl to coat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes
- Add ground beef and cook, breaking beef into small pieces with spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
- Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant about 30 seconds.
- Transfer mixture to bowl with rice; stir in tomatoes, 1 cup cheese, parsley and salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir together ketchup and reserved tomato juice in small bowl.
- Place peppers cut side up in 9 inch square baking dish.
- Using soup spoon, divide filling evenly among peppers.
- Spoon 2 tablespoons ketchup mixture over each filled pepper and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of remaining cheese.
- Bake until cheese is browned and filling is heated through, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
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