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I’ve warmed to stuffed peppers

Stuffed peppers make a quick and easy dinner, and I usually have ingredients on hand.

Stuffed peppers make a quick and easy dinner, and I usually have ingredients on hand.

I’ve started to write about stuffed peppers four times now. Nothing worked out. The peppers just didn’t inspire me, even though they made a fine dinner in a hurry.

I can’t blame our current snow and ice on being uninspired. I first made these back in early December. One note of caution: I wish I had made two peppers instead of three and stuffed them to overflowing. We had one left over, however, that we threw into a pot of spaghetti sauce the next day. Now that added some flavor.

Here you go:

Stuffed peppers for two

1/4 pound ground pork

1/4 pound ground beef

3 peppers (I used yellow and red, only for color)

1/2 sweet onion

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tablespoons tomato paste (I always use Cento products. Remember all the Cento cans lined up in Tony Soprano’s basement, where he took people for little chit-chats? And remember when the FBI bugged the lamp in the basement?)

Salt, pepper

Italian parsley and oregano

Parmesan cheese

Bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Trim a little bit from the base of each pepper so it sits flat. Cut the top off each pepper; remove and discard the ribs and seeds.

In a medium frying pan, mix the beef and pork with the onion, garlic, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper. Add the tomato paste.

Place the peppers in a baking dish. I coated the bottom of the dish with olive oil. Stuff the meat mixture into each pepper, filling almost to the rim. Garnish each pepper with cheese and bread crumbs. The amount depends on your preference. Bake until the peppers are tender and the meat is fully cooked, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

 

 

 

 

Janet Cleaveland

What happens when a retired journalist spends a lot more time in the kitchen than in past years? She tries new dishes and jumps at the chance to write a blog about food, family and good times. My kids are grown now, but I'll be looking back at how they learned to cook, what recipes my husband (the Intrepid One) and I are experimenting with, and how food and conversation make for happy times in the kitchen. I worked for The Columbian for 15 years as a copy editor and another 10 elsewhere, though I didn't start out as a journalist. I thought I wanted to teach English literature. My husband grew up in Clark County, and I've lived here since 1983. My kids have grown and left home. Like my husband of 46 years, our adopted chocolate Lab would never pass up a chance for a tasty meal.

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