Stuffed green peppers are a classic dish that is loved by both children as well as adults. Even if you are someone who does enjoy stuffed peppers, you will not be able to resist the stuffing mix along with tomato soup. As an alternative, you can also make use of banana peppers to come up with an equally enjoyable dish.
Green peppers – 6
Ground beef – 1 pound
Chopped onions – ½ cup
Diced tomatoes – 16 ounce
Long grain brown or white rice – ½ cup
Water – ½ cup
Shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese – 2 cups
Plain tomato soup
1. Boil water in a big pan and add rice in it. Reduce the heat and cover the pan using a lid. Cook the rice till the entire water is absorbed.
2. When the rice is being cooked, wash the peppers well and cut off the stems and tops of the green peppers. Also, remove the membrane and the seeds present inside the green peppers. Cook the peppers in boiling water for about 5 minutes and then drain the water and allow the peppers to cool down on a plate.
3. While the green peppers are cooling down, cook the onions along with ground beef on a skillet till they are well browned. Drain the fat from the cooked beef and add tomatoes, water, salt, cooked rice, and Worcestershire to the mixture in the skillet.
4. Allow the mixture to boil and then reduce heat; cover with lid and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. After this, remove it from the burner and add a cup of shredded cheese.
5. Stuff cooled peppers with the cooked meat mixture and then place them on a glass pan of 13 x 9 size. Pour tomato soup over the peppers and then cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake in a pre-heated oven at a temperature of 350 degree for at least 30 minutes.
6. Remove the dish from the over and sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese over it. Bake in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
Variations And Helpful Tips
It is quite helpful to add about ¼ cup of sugar to the tomato soup to get the extra sweetness. Another good alternative is to split the green peppers in half after removing the stems and tops.
This way you can place the peppers with their external side down in the glass pan, with the interior filled with meat mixture and soup poured over the top to cover it. You can also use wild rice instead of brown or white rice. You can also make use of ground venison instead of ground beef to come up with another delicious alternative.
All ingredients that have been used in the recipe have their own nutritional benefits. Green peppers contain antioxidants, and Vitamin C and A. Thus, it promotes healthy joints, bones, and digestive system. Tomatoes comprise of Vitamin B, A, and C, antioxidants, and folic acid. Cheese, a dairy product, comprises of calcium, vitamins, protein, and amino acids. Similarly, ground beef contains selenium, amino acids, zinc, protein, and B vitamins.
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