In ending the year, I wanted to post an easy, comfort food type recipe. I thought back to my childhood, and came up with my stuffed pepper recipe.
When I was a kid my mom would make stuffed peppers with white rice, tomato sauce, and ground beef. In my twenties, a friend evolved them for me by adding cheese. My adaptation uses yellow rice instead of white, and uses cheddar both in the filling and on top. These are easiest when you use rice left over from a previous meal because then you can skip the cooking the rice that day.
4 bell peppers, tops cut off and seeds removed (any color works, I used green)
1/2 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup yellow rice, cooked
3/4 cup tomato sauce (I use Hunts)
1 cup shredded cheddar (but you could use your favorite melting cheese)
Salt and pepper
dash of cayenne
dash of garlic powder
***There are also optional items you could add to the filling such as finely chopped bell pepper, mushrooms, shredded carrots - anything that suits your tastes!
Preheat oven to 350. Brown ground beef and onion. Drain. Mix with spices, tomato sauce, rice, and 1/2 cup of cheese. Stuff beef filling in to peppers. Top with remaining cheddar. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.
***I serve mine with Crystal hot sauce and a side of sour cream