Friday, January 2, 2009

Easy Stuffed Peppers

One moment I'm sipping champage with mega celebrities, and the next I'm being Chef Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen. You just never know what you'll find on this ridiculous blog of mine. One of the things I enjoy about taking a few vacation days off from work is having the time to cook, particularly things that take more time and planning. For example, I had a craving for stuffed peppers. There are lots and lots of ways to make them, depending on your preferences and cooking style. I usually make them without breadcrumbs, and often vary the recipe based on what is in the house at the moment. For this batch, I used ground beef, although I prefer lean ground turkey. I thought I'd show you how easy it is to make stuffed peppers, although this is not intended to be an exact recipe, just follow the photos and humor me.
Step one- thoroughly wash the bell peppers, and slice off the top, carve out any seeds.
Step Two: I sliced up some locally grown medjool dates, and also some mushrooms, set aside

Step Three: saute ground beef with sliced onions, olive oil and fresh minced garlic. I added some fresh spinach once the beef was cooked, just to add some vitamins and color. Mix in the mushrooms, dates and season to your preference. I added some sea salt, thyme, sage, and some steak sauce.

Step Four: Add two eggs, and mix thoroughly. The eggs serve as a binding agent to make the mixture stick together. I added some cheese and let it melt in the cooked mixture.
Step Five: stuff the peppers with the cooked mixture, top with some cheese. be sure to add some water to the pan before covering with foil. Then bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes. My secret is to add some vermouth or sherry to the water in the pan while it bakes.

Step Six: for the last 10 minutes, remove the foil to allow the tops to brown nicely. Mmmm they sure make a delicious meal, don't they? So easy, a monkey could make them!
-Rick Rockhill


lime said...

what time did you say dinner would be?

Anonymous said...

MMMM! What time is dinner?

I love it that you cover topics hither and yon. After all, variety is the spice of life!


Desert Songbird said...

I like that you used an orange bell pepper. I love those.

Jeni said...

You're so right that stuffed peppers are really relatively easy to fix and soooo yummy once cooked too! Love 'em! I usually use green peppers -mainly cause the red ones are generally twice as expensive and peppers have been a bit on the high-priced side here for several months now. But you really made me hungry for some stuffed peppers so maybe I'll splurge over the weekend and pick up enough to make for supper for the family.
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

trouble is, there is never a monkey around when you need one.

Rhodester said...

I don't know, Rick, I've had stuffed peppers made by monkeys and they're not all that. They DO make a scrumptious banana souffle, though.

kenju said...

They look delicious. I've never used dates in anything, but I bet they enhance the texture of the filling.

Olivia said...

Hey, you can't be Gordon Ramsay, he's got a potty mouth! You're too well cultured for that sort of behavior.

I like the idea of adding dates and spinach, and using red peppers instead of green. Much better!

I think I can smell it now.

Tea N. Crumpet said...

You inspired me for what to make tonight. I told my husband that I found a recipe for stuffed peppers that is so easy a monkey could prepare it and my five year old (dubbed "Mudd" at my blog) started hopping around saying, "Ook! ook! Ook!" Looks like I'll have some help! LOL

C said...

Mmmmkay...If I come over for dinner, will you make these for me? LOL!

They look deeeelish, Rick! Didn't realize what a Jack of all trades you are! Impressive!


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