Monday, March 17, 2014

Culinary Adventures: Stuffed Peppers

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

I bet you're expecting some sort of Irish recipe today...

Oops.  Sorry to disappoint you...

However, today's recipe is really tasty!  Tastier than corned beef, in my opinion, but I've never really liked corned beef anyway.

*personal photo*
Stuffed Peppers
Adapted from Grace Before Meals by Father Leo Patalinghug

-4 bell peppers
-1lb ground pork
-1 white onion, minced
-8oz can tomato sauce
-2 eggs
-1/2 C bread crumbs
-1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped
-1/4 C freshly grated Romano cheese
-1tsp garlic powder
-4 slices provolone cheese
-salt and pepper to taste

-Preheat oven to 375F.  Set aside 4Tbsp of the tomato sauce for the end of the cooking process.

-Prepare the peppers for stuffing.  Remove the tops, veins, and seeds.  If you've got long, skinny peppers like I used, cut them in half lengthwise.  If you've got short, squat bell peppers, they should stand upright for you to stuff them (you may need to carefully shave a bit off the bottom to even it out).  Set the peppers in a baking dish.

-Combine the meat, minced onion, tomato sauce, egg, bread crumbs, parsley, Romano cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper with your hands.  Evenly distribute the stuffing amongst the peppers.

-Cover the dish in aluminum foil and poke the foil with a fork to create holes to release steam.  Pop in the oven for 50 minutes.

-Remove the dish from the oven and switch the oven to broil.  Remove the foil from the dish.  Spoon a bit of the reserved tomato sauce (1tsp or so) over each pepper and top with 1/2 slice of cheese (or a whole slice if you're using upright peppers).  Return to the broiler for 3-5 minutes until the cheese is brown and bubbly.

I served these over a bed of orzo pasta, but you could also serve with rice.

I highly recommend Fr. Leo's cookbook, Grace Before Meals.  Each recipe corresponds to a Feast Day, and he also includes reflections and prayers to read as a family as you cook and eat these meals.  Fr. Leo is pretty awesome- I've met him before when he spoke and gave a cooking demonstration for youth groups at a few local parishes, and he competed on Throwdown with Bobby Flay (and won!!). 

What's your favorite cookbook?

Much love,
The Geeks

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