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Stuffed Bell Peppers

My daughter's favorite meal that I make is stuffed bell peppers and since I've had positive reviews for my recipe that I've made for friends and family, and have been asked what my secret is, I made it tonight and measured everything so I can tell people how I make them. I often just throw in the ingredients and sometimes they vary, but this is my favorite variation below, complete with pictures. I know, I should be packing for our move to Taiwan, but since the 20-foot shipping container will not actually get to us in Taiwan until after two months, I thought I would get some last-minute cooking in. Besides, it's not the "real" last minute yet, so why start packing now? So, let's cook! Start off with about six large green bell peppers. Don't bother rinsing them off because they're going into a pan of hot boiling water soon.Next, slice the tops off, then save them. You'll chop up what you cut off to put into the meat mixture.
You'll first want to discard the seeds, stems, and membrane parts in the center.
You can wash off the little green rings from the top, since they will not go into the boiling water. You'll want to chop them to add to your meat mixture.
Boil the bell peppers in a pot of water until they're tender, for about ten minutes. Make sure it's hot, boiling water before you put them in it. Carefully remove the cooked peppers from the boiling water with tongs afterwards, and put them into a rectangle baking pan with sides.
I thought I would show you what kind of meat I buy. This is ground turkey and it comes in about 1.2 pound packages. I use about 2 pounds of it, which would equal all of one package, then two-thirds of the other one. I dice an onion also to add. This photo shows two different kinds of onion, but that's just because I had a half of a red onion that I wanted to use up. Then I cut one more half of this white one. Both onions taste the same when you cook them though, so what ever kind you have is fine.
Cook the ground turkey and diced bell peppers and onions in a family sized skillet. I chop it up as I brown it. There will not be any fat to drain from this type of meat. Here's what seasoning I add after the turkey is done: 1 teaspoon of salt, 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 2 teaspoons curry, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. In addition, add 1/2 cup of uncooked long grain rice, 1 can diced tomatoes (I usually like the petite diced, but grabbed the wrong ones. These are also flavored with some herbs, garlic and basil or something like that. Any can of diced tomatoes will do the trick.) I also add one cup of water. Stir everything together and cook over medium high heat until it comes to a boil, then put a lid on it and turn the heat to low and let the rice cook until it's tender, about 25 minutes.
After the rice is done, turn off the heat, then add 4 to 8 ounces of freshly grated cheese. I've used all kinds of cheeses, and prefer the imported Dutch cheeses, but a close favorite is Jalapeño jack, which is what I used here.
One more ingredient I love to add before stuffing the peppers is 1/2 cup dried cranberries. They're so good in this curry flavored concoction.
The final step is to fill the bell peppers with the mixture, then bake for 25 or 30 minutes at 350° degrees.
Anything that would not fit inside the peppers can be places inside the pan for extras when plating or taste-testing.
Perfection! I hope you'll let me know if you try this recipe in the comments below. Eét smakelijk!


Shelia said…
Thanks for the curry version, I will try it soon!
Anonymous said…
Kelly's Kelly Green Delights!!! You are stuffed after you eat them. Yummy for your tummy!!!!
Oh my, Kelly...those look wonderful! I will definitely be trying this recipe.
I am so going to make this. Thanks for the play by play because now I feel confident enough to make it! I'll let you know how it goes! Thank you :)
Lonna said…
clever clever I would not have thought to add the curry, or the dried cranberries! Those look so yummy I wonder if my kids would eat them...if not I guess there will just be more for me.
Bobbi said…
These look good. I will try them next week. Thanks for sharing!
Dustin said…
This looks soo good! I'm definitely printing this out and making it. My Dad has a stuffed pepper recipe that he makes from time to time, but I was never a big fan of it.. This on the other hand looks amazing.
Dustin said…
Hey Kelly! Just wanted to let you know I'm back reading through your stuffed pepper blog again. Round 2! We made this in August and loved it. I'm making it again tonight! How is Taiwan treating you guys?
Kelly said…
You know it!! Oh so green and yummy!
Kelly said…
Thanks, Shelia! I hope you enjoy my recipe!
Kelly said…
Thank you, Jennifer! Hope you're enjoying life in your beautiful new kitchen!
Kelly said…
Hi Jillian! Five years have passed and I am wondering if you have tried this recipe yet? Hope you and the family are all doing great!
Kelly said…
The curry and cranberries are so delicious in this! Thanks, Lonna!
Kelly said…
Hi Bobbi! Just whipped up my stuffed bell peppers for dinner tonight and wanted to say hi! Happy August again!
Kelly said…
Hi Dustin! Thanks for making my recipe a few times! I hope you're all doing great and the stuffed bell peppers make your mealtimes again soon! Greetings from ATX!

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