Stuffed bell peppers were regular fare on the dinner table growing up. They’re one of those meals you can make on a budget and don’t take much time. You can freeze them too which is always a bonus!
I was craving them over the weekend after scoring a big bag of red bell peppers for just $4.99. I’m pretty sure this was a pricing error since individual peppers were selling for $1.99 each and there were seven of those beauties in the bag. I’m wondering now why I only grabbed one bag!
1 pound ground turkey (or beef)
2 cups rice (cooked – I used rice cooker)
5-6 bell peppers (cut off tops and clean out)
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup onion (diced)
1 egg, beaten
24 oz. can tomato sauce or puree
3 Tbs. brown sugar
3 Tbs lemon juice or vinegar
Clean out bell peppers. (Save insides and tops for future chicken stock.)
Cook rice and cool. Mix rice, ground turkey, onion, seasonings, water.
Combine tomato sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Add 1/2-1 cup to meat and rice mixture and stir to incorporate.
Fill each pepper. Place right side up in baking dish. Pour remaining tomato sauce over the top of each pepper.
Bake covered at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour. (I usually uncover for last 10-15 minutes.)
What dish do you remember from your youth? Would love to get your feedback along with a link to the recipe. Or, if you have a different version of stuffed peppers, please share it!