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Colorful Bell Peppers Stuffed With Beef and Rice

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Last week I bought a bag of colorful bell peppers at a local veggie store and immediately thought of our traditional family recipe – stuffed bell peppers. When I was little, my mother made this on so many occasions when we had guests over. She would stuff the peppers with ground beef and rice mixture, simmer peppers in a creamy tomato sauce, then serve with mashed potatoes.

I usually make stuffed peppers in late summer or early fall when fresh locally grown peppers are cheap and abundant. I prefer to use medium-sized peppers which look more elegant when stuffed. The secret is to soak the rice in water for about two hours before making the the stuffing mixture. It will then soak up beef flavor while simmering in the sauce and will be perfectly cooked.

It’s also important not to overstuff the pepper. Don’t try to cram the stuffing into every nook and cranny – remember that rice will expand while cooking. You don’t want a big lump of stuffing bursting out of the pepper.



4 comments for “Colorful Bell Peppers Stuffed With Beef and Rice

  1. October 26, 2012 at 2:51 am

    This is familiar, but I need to soak the rice. Thanks

  2. Galina O'Neil
    November 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    In addition, it is better to put the peppers in boiled water for a minute. It worth to wait couple of hours, or you need to plan ahead of time.

  3. November 3, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Hi Yulia, this is very beautiful dish… I love stuffed peppers. :)
    You have a nice blog ;)
    I have a blog too with some Russian recipes…
    Please visit when you get a chance http://www.grabandgorecipes.com/

    Take care :)

  4. Yuliya
    November 7, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Thanks, Inessa! You blog is very nice too! You have very interesting recipes and great pictures!

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