I bought ground beef in an effort to up my iron intake, only then to realize that I have no idea what to do with ground beef. I didn’t have buns to make a burger and was afraid of attempting a meatloaf, so what’s a girl to do? My best piece of advice here is to ask your mom. Without fail, she’ll have the prefect ground beef recipe just ready and waiting for you use. My mom’s idea? Stuffed peppers.
Here’s the recipe she gave me and my first attempt at this classic dish.
Mini stuffed peppers
Ingredients: (Serves 2)
- 4 mini green stuffed peppers (tops cut off and de-seeded)
- ½ pound ground beef
- 1 cup of cooked rice
- ½ jar of tomato sauce
- ½ yellow onion (chopped)
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
Step 1: Cook rice according to package instructions, and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Add olive oil to a pan and bring to medium heat. Add onions and garlic cook until translucent. Add ground meet, red pepper flakes, and dried basil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until meat is mostly cooked through.
Step 3: Coat the bottom of a medium baking dish with tomato sauce.
Step 4: Mix meat with rice and stuff inside the peppers. Top with tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Lay peppers on their sides and gently place them in the baking dish. Top with more sauce and cheese.
Step 5: Bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
There you have it, my mom’s stuffed pepper recipe. It’s a perfect meal for a warm summer day or a cold fall afternoon.