Sunday, May 12, 2013

Homemade Italian Stuffed Peppers- NO Fillers!

I love the taste of green peppers- on anything!  This is for all you green pepper lovers out there :) 
I've always thought you had to have fillers (bread or rice) or binders (eggs) in stuffed peppers, but this recipe calls for neither.  It is very flavorful and filling and a meal in of itself.  These peppers are also good warmed up as lunch leftovers! 
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb Italian pork sausage ( I used link sausage and took it out of casing)
2 T butter
4-6 peppers, red, green or yellow
1 small onion, minced
green pepper tops, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
2 cups seasoned, organic tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
Heat oven to 350 degrees F
1. De-seed and wash peppers.  Save tops to mince and add to stuffing.
2. Brown meats in large skillet, set aside.
3. Add butter to skillet and saute onions and minced pepper tops until soft.
4. Add meat, garlic, tomato sauce and 3/4 c mozzarella cheese to skillet.  Mix until incorporated.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Fill peppers with stuffing and place in a shallow, greased pan.  ( I used a cast iron skillet) Sprinkle remaining cheese over peppers.
6.  Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes.
7.  Bake another 10 minutes, uncovered. 

As an added treat, my son made himself an "Italian sloppy joe" with some leftover stuffing.  He said it was even better than the peppers!  Two meals in one- I love it!

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