I made Unstuffed Stuffed Bell Peppers on Saturday for the first time. When I share a recipe, I usually cook it more than once just to be sure I have the ingredients correct and my family approves of the recipe. I don’t take pictures during the first run since I don’t want to create a picture and no one love the food enough for the recipe to be shared. Something told me to grab the camera and take pictures even after I put everything in the pan. I’m glad I did, this recipe is fantastic!
Do you like stuffed bell peppers? Would you believe I have never had them, it’s true...
The first time I heard about stuffed bell peppers was in my 9th grade Home Ec class. As a silly 15-year-old girl, I crinkled my nose at the thought of them. Listening to my teacher talk about her recipe, I couldn’t picture them in my mind since they were not being prepared in class. My mom cooked for our family what she knew, the foods she grew up on and bell peppers were not part of the trusted camaraderie.
My husband had stuffed bell peppers once and since his mother never made them either, he has never requested them. Funny, both of us never remember eating anything with bell peppers while we were growing up.
I found this RECIPE two weeks ago and wanted to try it since I’ve never had stuffed bell peppers. I used ground turkey with chicken broth since we’ve cut out beef for health reasons. The skeptic in me caused me to check recipes on allrecipes.com to see if the ingredient amounts were about the same with regular stuffed bell peppers and they were. I mentioned why I do that here. For the bell peppers, I used ½ each of a green, yellow, red, and orange bell pepper since they were in my freezer. When Jamie came to eat, he asked why there were no stuffed peppers; I just smiled. He gave my creation the name Unstuffed Stuffed Bell Peppers and I loved it. He named one other recipe as well that we all love.
This is one of those recipes you can make it your own. Use ground beef and beef broth, more or less garlic and bell pepper, and any kind of cheese your family likes. It really is the perfect recipe to make your own.
Unstuffed Stuffed Bell Peppers
1 pound ground turkey
2-4 minced garlic cloves (I used 4)
2-4 TBSP oil
1 cup long grain rice
1 can diced tomatoes
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth
2 bell peppers, diced
1 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
In a hot skillet cook ground meat and garlic, chopping into small pieces, until done and remove from pan. * Add the rice to the pan with a little oil and cook until it browns about (4-5) minutes. When the rice is golden, add the meat and all the other ingredients except for the cheese, stirring well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for about 20-25 minutes. When the rice is cooked through, add half the cheese and mix it in well. Top with the remaining half and cover with the lid for about 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
*I cooked the rice like I do at the beginning of my Baked Mexican Rice recipe. You want golden colored rice.
If you try making Unstuffed Stuffed Bell Peppers, let me know.
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