Friday Food : Halloween Stuffed Peppers

I was cruising around the ‘ol Pinterest the other day, when I happened upon a most lovely picture. It wasn’t long before I was visiting godairyfree.org and knew the post for Halloween Squash could be easily adapted to my liking. In fact it could easily be adapted to anyone’s liking. Each week I look for not just a recipe to share, but a story and a piece of me whenever possible. Growing up my grandma and Mom would both make stuffed peppers, it was one of my favorite meals. Something about the texture of the vegetable after being baked in the various sauces and meat and rice was magical. When I grew older and began cooking it was one of the first meals I learned to make on my own and so for the connection to my past, my family and because I do love me some pumpkin carving, I present to you…

Halloween Stuffed Peppers

What you will need:

  • 3-4 orange bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 pound ground beef (or soy crumbles)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • optional: McCormick seasonings. I suggest Perfect Pinch Italian, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F
  2. Wash and prepare peppers. Remove tops and clear away seeds. Clear away seeds from the interior of the peppers as well
  3. Using a small knife carefully carve your “face” into a smooth section of the pepper skin
  4. Place carved peppers into an oven safe casserole dish and set aside
  5. In a medium to large sauce pan combine the rice and water. Bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer 15-20 minutes
  6. Meanwhile: if using beef, brown seperately in a skillet and set aside
  7. Add to the rice, the tomato sauce, drained diced tomatoes, ground beef, Worcestershire and optional seasonings
  8. Mix all ingredients well before pouring into and around peppers
  9. Cover and bake 30-40 minutes, checking every 10-15 to baste as needed

Comments & Photos:

Yes, my measurements are a little odd, this is because I made a smaller batch just for myself. If you opt for 6 peppers double all other ingredients and you should be fine

I noted 3-4 peppers because I stuffed my 3 and had plenty left over. Gauge how much “extra” filling you may need

Feel free to add cheese, celery or other mix-ins to the stuffing of course

How would you make an old favorite more “spooky” for the season?

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