Filled or stuffed green pepper can be done in TWO ways: with meat and without. If you don’t like to eat meat the filling can be just with rice and some veggies like carrots, peas and/or broccoli. I used to get ground beef for the filled pepper but lately I use bison meat. It is so much better, easier to digest and very juicy.
Ingredients Filled Pepper with Meat
4 green medium size pepper (red and yellow pepper are good too)
1/2 lb ground meat
1 cup of long grain rice
1 med size onion
2 tbsp chopped parsley (fresh or dried)
1-2 tsp ghee or butter
salt, pepper, pinch of nutmeg powder, 1 tsp sweet paprika powder
1 can diced tomatoes or 5 fresh tomatoes (or use all natural Italian style tomato sauce)
2-3 tbsp tomato paste, water
1/2 cube vegetable broth, salt, black pepper, dried oregano and thyme
(Note: if you use ready made tomato sauce don’t use the spices)
Cooking Instructions Filled Pepper with Meat
– Cut off the upper part of the pepper (the lid); remove white parts and seeds inside the pepper with a sharp knife
– Chop onions fine; in a pan heat butter or ghee and saute onions until transparent; add the meat and fry it a bit but not completely. Remove from heat.
– Add rice to the meat and mix it well; add parsley, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and red paprika powder. Mix well.
– With a spoon fill meat-rice mix into each pepper.
– In a heavy sauce pan fill in the tomato sauce OR the chopped fresh, or diced tomatoes.. Add herbs, spices and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
– Place the filled peppers so they won’t fall aside ( the pan should not be too big, before you fill the peppers place them into a pan to see if it is the right size).
– On very low heat let the peppers with tomato sauce simmer for 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the pepper (needs to be covered with a lid). The rice is uncooked so it needs to cooked until it is soft.The pepper is done when they lost their fresh green color.
– 10 minutes before the pepper is done, add the lids on top of each pepper and let them cook until the end.
– Serve them with mashed potatoes, boiled potatoes, spaghetti or any other pasta.
If you want you can add zucchini, carrots, peas or leek to the tomato sauce.
For the vegetarian version mix rice with chopped carrots, peas and mushrooms; fill it into the pepper and let it simmer covered the same way as with meat.