Stuffed Peppers Recipe
I have always loved eating my grandma's famous stuffed peppers. This was a staple that was served at all our family gatherings when I was growing up. My heart still flutters a little when I think about those gooey, stuffed delights. She put an enormous amount of cheese on the ones she made, which seemed to make them a little different from all the others I have tried. So being a total cheese-head, it was love at first bite. These can be time-consuming to make, so if you have a busy day ahead of you, then get everything ready the night before. That way they are pretty much ready to pop into the oven when you are ready to cook them the next day.
- 12 green bell peppers
- 3 lbs of lean ground beef, 80/20 seems to work best
- 4 cups of diced onions
- 5 tsp of minced garlic, which is equal to 3 cloves
- 4 cups of mozzarella cheese
- 3 tbsp of salt
- Pam cooking spray
- 1 glass baking pan
You can switch up the amount of some of the ingredients if you want. It is all about what you like and how many people you are making these for. I made 12 because I was cooking for 6 people when I made these.
- Preheat your oven to 350°degrees.
- Slice the top off all of the peppers, making sure to leave enough of the pepper behind to stuff.
- Clean your peppers out make sure to leave no seeds behind.
- Boil some water for your rice and let it cook for about 30 minutes before you cook anything else.
- Once you have cooked your rice, go ahead and boil another pot of water make sure to use a big pot, this water will be used for your peppers. Make sure to add your salt at this time. The salt helps to give the peppers a more pleasant taste.
- Place your peppers into the boiling water for about five minutes any longer than that and they will become very mushy, you want them tough enough that they will not rip when you stuff them.
- Once your peppers are done boiling place them onto a plate to dry while you make everything else.
- Now add all of the diced onions and garlic, this mixture will be added to your ground beef.
- Fry your ground beef until it is not pink anymore.
- Add two of your four cups of tomato sauce and your onion mixture to your ground beef and blend well.
- Once your rice is done blend it together with the ground beef as well.
- Spray your glass pan thoroughly with your cooking spray and place your peppers standing up in the pan keep them kind of close so they don't tip over in the pan.
- Stuff your peppers until you can't stuff them anymore, then cover your peppers with the remainder of the tomato sauce and bake them for 50 to 60 minutes.
- Put your cheese on your peppers the last five minutes of cooking them to melt it and viola.
My grandma was such a wonderful cook. She put so much love into every single recipe she ever made. She taught me that cooking can and should be something to enjoy and love. She used to tell me if you don't put your heart and soul into it, then it ain't worth making.
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