Stuffed Red Bell Peppers – Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 large (8-ounce) red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2/3 cup cooked white rice, cooled
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 1/2 cups canned tomato sauce
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg

Preparation

  1. Cut off top 1/2 inch of peppers and reserve. Scoop seeds from cavities. Discard stems and chop pepper tops.
  2. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onions, parsley, garlic, and chopped pepper pieces. Sauté until onions soften, about 8 minutes.
  4. Transfer to large bowl. Mix in rice, paprika, salt, pepper, and allspice.
  5. Cool 10 minutes.
  6. Mix in 1/2 cup tomato sauce, then beef and egg.
  7. Fill pepper cavities with beef mixture. Stand filled peppers in single layer in heavy large pot.
  8. Pour remaining 2 cups tomato sauce around peppers. Bring sauce to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot and simmer 20 minutes. Spoon some sauce over each pepper.
  9. Cover; cook until peppers are tender and filling is cooked through and firm, about 20 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, cover and chill. Rewarm covered over low heat.)

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