Ultimate Easy Green Stuffed Peppers on Mash
 
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It's so easy to make Italian Green Stuffed Peppers and you can fill them with whatever flavours you desire. You can also switch it up and make them a vegetarian option using rice or cauliflower rice.
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Recipe type: Stuffed Green Peppers
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 10 large green peppers
  • 3 hot Italian sausages
  • 1.5 lbs of ground beef (mince), chicken, veal, turkey (whatever ground you like) - we chose chicken for this recipe
  • 1 cup of dry red lentils- cooked
  • 2 cups of cooked rice- (this is about 1 cup dry) We used basmati or you can use Arborio rice
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 med onion chopped
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 1 cup of Italian breadcrumbs (you can buy these seasoned or simply make them yourself with day-old bread in the processor and season with Italian seasoning)
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese- for tops of peppers
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground fresh pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons parsley (fresh or dry)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of chili flakes ( optional)
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons basil (fresh or dry)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • Olive oil to rub peppers
  • Olive oil to top off peppers
  • Or you can use my Pasta Sauce Recipe either or is good.
  • 2 750ml cans of diced tomatoes
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 med onion chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Basil
  • 2 tablespoons Oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley
  • 1 chicken cube dissolved in 1 cup hot water
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 cup of celery chopped
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Chopped pepper tops (optional- see below)
Instructions
  1. Marinara
  2. In a medium pot add the oil, garlic and onions, carrot, celery, sauté for 2 minutes on high.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30 mins to 1 hour on medium to low, stirring often.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste- I usually put a tablespoon of each
  5. I know it looks like a lot of ingredients but it's not that bad. Most ingredients are common household staples.
  6. Wash your peppers, dry them off
  7. Cut the top off each pepper and clean out the inside of the pepper ( save those tops in a container for another meal or chop them up and throw them in your marinara as I did)
  8. Cut the bottom of the pepper ever so slightly to give it a flat base to sit on in the baking pan
  9. I then rub them with some Olive Oil and sit them in the pan
  10. Stuffing For Green Peppers
  11. In a large bowl add the following ingredients then mix until combined.
  12. Ground Beef
  13. Cut open the 3 sausages and put the meat in discard the casing
  14. Bread crumbs
  15. Eggs
  16. Carrots, onions, celery, garlic
  17. All seasoning's including salt and pepper
  18. Rice
  19. Lentils
  20. Parmigiano cheese
  21. I take the peppers out of the pan and set them on a cutting board
  22. At the bottom of the pan put a nice layer of that marinara sauce you made earlier
  23. Take one of the peppers and stuff it to the top, then continue to do this and sit them in the pan until they are all stuffed- If you have leftover stuffing just toss it in the pan around the peppers in the sauce!
  24. Drizzle Olive oil on each pepper just a little so they don't burn
  25. Put uncovered in your pre-heated oven for 30 mins to brown the tops and give the peppers a nice roast
  26. Take them out and check to see if your sauce is drying up if so I add a bit of boiling water to the sauce to loosen it up.
  27. After 30 mins and adding some hot water to the sauce in the pan I cover the pan with tin foil for the remaining time.
  28. Every 30 mins I take the peppers out to check the sauce liquidity
  29. After 2 hours the meat should be thoroughly cooked
  30. Take the peppers out of the oven top with mozzarella and a sprinkle of Parmigiano if you like
  31. Pop back in the oven uncovered until melted
  32. Serve HOT!
Recipe by Canadian Budget Binder at https://canadianbudgetbinder.com/2012/03/11/stuff-this-mr-cbbs-green-stuffed-peppers-on-mash-2-each-meal/