* Saturday night special …

Posted on October 3rd, 2009 by melinda in Another day in the life of me.

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Hi.  I hope your Saturday has been good.  Whether it was productive or relaxing … I hope you enjoyed this beautiful day in the south.  Richard and I had a busy day.  We got several things done out side that we had been planning to do for a while, plus we cleaned the majority of the inside of our house.  I was feeling a bit energized and since I haven’t gotten to cook very much lately, I decided I would whoop us up something yummy for dinner.  I had no idea what, but I needed a few things from the grocery store so I went there first.  I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in to the produce section … they had some really big sweet red peppers 3 for $1.oo.  I am all about a bargain, so I picked me some out.  I also happen to know that my husband loves stuffed peppers.  His grandmother use to make them for him, his mom makes them for him once in a while and his wife has made them the sum total of once in 11 years.  I seldom cook dishes his mom or grandmother make special for him because, well … I just can’t cook as good as them.  Trust me on this, it’s true. 

I thought your family or husband or whomever you enjoy cooking for may like to try some stuffed peppers.  The recipe below is a modified version (edit that to read: what melinda had in her cubbards and/or fridge) of Richard’s grandmother Evelyn’s stuffed peppers.  It took me about 15 – 20 minutes from start to in the oven. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Peppers – green or red will work fine.  I used 3 very large ones but the recipe will work for more.  I cut mine vertically which I would not have done had they not been so long.  Normally, I would have cut them in half horizontally. 

Cooked rice – I cheated, I had a package of the kind you stick in the microwave.  You’ll need about 2 cups cooked.

1 egg

1 tsp garlic powder, you can use fresh garlic if you like but I am not a big fan of chopping garlic.

salt & pepper to taste (I didn’t measure how much I used)

onion – diced finely ( I cheated here also and used minced dried onion)

1 can tomato paste

1 lb ground beef

1 lb sausage, mild or hot, your choice.

3/4 cup of bread crumbs, I used Italian seasoned ones cause that’s what I had.

1 cup shredded cheese, any kind will do, whatever you have or like.

1 Tbl. spoon olive oil.

Here is how I whooped it all up:

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.  While it’s coming to a boil, cut peppers, clean out the seeds & cut off excess membrane things.  Wash them good to get all the seeds out, plus we don’t want to be eatin’ dirty peppers.  When the water is boiling throw the pepper halves in it & boil 3 to 4 minutes.  When the timer goes off, remove peppers from water & set aside to cool.

Meanwhile back at the ranch … while the peppers are boiling, heat up your frying pan.  Add ground beef, sausage, onion, garlic, salt & pepper.  Brown until the meat is completely brown.  We do not want ecoli either. 

Either cook your rice while browning the meat or be a slacker like me and throw a bag in the microwave  per the instructions on the package. 

Grab a big mixing bowl from your cabinet.  If you cabinets look like mine this may require getting on the floor in an awkward position and biting your tongue not to use foul language. 

When the meat is finished browning, the rice should be done.  Drain the meat.  Add meat & rice to the mixing bowl you just pulled a hamstring while getting out of the cabinet.  Let it cool.  This is important.  It will be hot.  Do not burn yourself.

When everything is cooled enough not to scald your fingers … add 1 egg, the bread crumbs, tomato paste, shredded cheese & olive oil.  Now, you’re going to get your hands messy.  Stick both hands smack in the middle of the mixture and squish it all together.  Mix it up good. 

Grab your pepper halves, they should be cool by now.  Grab a spoon and fill um up to the brim.  Place them side by side in a baking dish.  Pour about 1/4 cup of water in the bottom of the baking dish so they don’t get dried out while baking.  Stick them in your 350 degree preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes.  The next step is optional, pull them out after about 20 minutes and sprinkle some shredded cheese on top, stick back in the oven for about 5 more minutes. 

Wahh laah!  You have stuffed peppers.  Your significant other will kiss you.  Your dog will salivate.  Your kids will want chicken nuggets.  I know it sounds like a lot to do, but it really isn’t.  Try them, you’ll be glad you did.  Enjoy.

me.

5 Comments on “* Saturday night special …”

  1. chrisi

    and they are yummmmmy! :)
    thanks for feeding me, mom.

  2. melinda

    it was very nice to spend some time with you. and i’m glad you enjoyed dinner. love you.

  3. Amanda Lail

    looks so good I could eat the picture!

  4. Lisa Robinette

    I tried your receipe last night. It urned out really well..You were right. My hubby loved them and my kids well they liked the stuffing part but not the pepper so much… Thanks for sharing your culineary skills!! i don’t think i spelled that correctly :)

  5. melinda

    Lisa, hi … first of all, thank you so much for leaving a comment, 2nd of all, I’m glad you tried and like the recipe. I’m not surprised the kids didn’t love it but i’m glad the hubby enjoyed it. Also, thanks for sending folks to read the blog … i appreciate that!

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