Stuffed Bell Peppers

Main Course

Recipe courtesy of The New Orleans Cookbook by Rima and Richard Collin

Serves 4

  • 8 green bell peppers, medium sized
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 pound canned peeled whole tomatoes
  • 1 3/4 cups boiled rice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bell Peppers Stuffed with Ground Beef, Parmesan, and Cheddar Cheese

Stuffed Bell Peppers With Rice Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese

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Parboil Peppers

Cut off and discard the top 1/8 to 1/4 of each bell pepper. Remove seeds and white membrane.

Place peppers upright in 1/3 to 1/2 inch salted water in a saucepan. Bring water to boil, cover tightly, lower heat, and cook for 5 minutes.

Remove peppers, drain, and set aside while preparing stuffing.


In large skillet, heat the vegetable oil and sauté the ground beef and onion until brown,  8 to 10 minutes. Add parsley, garlic, thyme, basil, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking and stirring over low heat for a couple more minutes then add tomatoes. Cook for 6 to 8 minute more while breaking up the whole tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Add the cooked rice and Worcestershire and mix well; cover and simmer for another 10 minutes. Uncover, turn heat off and add grated Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. Mix well; taste and adjust seasoning.

Stuff the parboiled peppers with meat and rice mixture and bake uncovered in preheated 350˚F oven for 30 minutes until light brown on top.

Serve while hot.


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