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Cheesy Beef n Rice Stuffed Mini-Peppers

Feta Beef n Rice Stuffed Mini Peppers ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #stuffed #pepper #recipe

This recipe was shared at Melt in your Mouth Monday.

I was in the middle of baking these pretty little stuffed peppers when my daughter came upstairs and announced she was hungry. Of course she wanted a pizza, so I told her I’d put it in for her once my peppers were done. I took the peppers out a little prematurely to get her food going … really, the peppers should be a little more done than the picture. Bubbly skin, dark brown, almost burned spots on top. While her pizza was baking, I took these shots, but I did stick my peppers back in the oven once her pizza was done and cooked them for a few more minutes to get them to the roasted pepper perfection that I just adore.

These peppers are so little, it’s hard to fit much stuffing in them … so it’s nice to serve them on a bed of the stuffing so you can get a good bit of stuffing with each bite. Yeah, I know, you could just use larger peppers for stuffing, but I just wanted to try this with my colorful little sweet peppers. I didn’t have enough peppers left to use up very much of the filling, however, so I’m going to have to find another use for that … or get more peppers. I’m thinking I’ll probably re-purpose the rest of the filling into a cheesy beef n rice casserole maybe?

I think these lil stuffed peppers could serve as either a nice appetizer or dinner: either way they’re cute, colorful, and healthy.

Cheesy Beef n Rice Stuffed Mini-Peppers

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Cheesy Beef n Rice Stuffed Mini-Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb very lean ground beef, lamb or venison
  • 1/2 of a red onion, chopped (about 2/3 cup)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped fine
  • 1 cup cooked brown or white Basmati rice
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters (or you can substitute canned tomatoes)
  • About 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs, chopped fine (I used basil, rosemary & thyme this time ... but use whatever herbs you prefer or have on hand)
  • 3/4 cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup tomato-basil-flavored feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese
  • Fresh ground pepper and salt, to taste
  • Several small sweet peppers

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan or skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic about half-way through and cook until the onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Stir in the cooked rice, tomato, herbs, and cheeses. Add fresh ground pepper and salt to taste.
  3. Cut the tops off the little peppers and remove any seeds or ribs from the center of the pepper.
  4. Spray an oven-safe bowl or rimmed baking dish with cooking spray and line the bottom with some of the beefy rice stuffing.
  5. Use a small spoon to stuff as much of the filling inside each pepper as possible. Arrange the peppers over the rice mixture, setting the top back on each one.
  6. Set a piece of aluminum foil over top of the peppers, bake at 400 F for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 10 - 20 more minutes or until the peppers are soft and the skin begins to bubble and brown.

Notes

Cook the peppers a little more than the pics shown here ... till the skins are bubbled and browning in spots.

http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/cheesy-beef-n-rice-stuffed-mini-peppers/

Feta Beef n Rice Stuffed Mini Peppers ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #stuffed #pepper #recipe

This recipe was shared at What’d You Do this Weekend?, Try a New Recipe Tuesday, Tuesday Talent ShowTotally Tasty Tuesday, Wednesday ExtravaganzaAll my Bloggy Friends, Tasty Thursday, Full Plate ThursdayLadies Night and Clever Chicks Bloghop.

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5 Responses

  1. bj

    What an impressive dish to serve to guests…I love the look and I know the taste is out of this world. Gonna make this one.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

    • Ann

      I am so glad you’re going to try it BJ! That makes me happy :)

      March 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

  2. Good Morning,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a lovely week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    March 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

  3. This not only looks beautiful, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” I hope you will be able to join us again this week. :-)

    March 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

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