Recipe: Stuffed Green Peppers


Stuffed Green Peppers, Courtesy: www.atkins.com
Stuffed Green Peppers, Courtesy: http://www.atkins.com

Here’s a new twist on traditional stuffed peppers. Rather than using bread crumbs or rice, use lean ground beef and cheese to make a hearty and bubbly stuffed pepper.

Ingredients:
4 Medium-large green bell peppers
1 pound 85% lean ground beef
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup tomato sauce
¾ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, ricotta cheese, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, salt, pepper and half of the tomato sauce, until well combined.
  3. Slice tops off peppers and remove seeds and ribs.
  4. Select a baking dish that will hold the peppers snugly, pour remaining sauce in bottom of dish.
  5. Arrange peppers open side up in the dish.
  6. Stuff the peppers with the meat mixture and top with remaining mozzarella.
  7. Spray a large piece of aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray. Place sprayed side down over peppers.
  8. Bake covered 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 50 more minutes more or until meat is cooked through and cheese has browned.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • With a small knife, cut a few slits in the bottom of each pepper, to drain the liquid released by the beef as it cooks.
  • Here are two ways to use the tops of the peppers, rather than discarding them:
  1. Chop up the non-stem parts of the pepper tops and include them in the stuffing mixture or
  2. Bake the tops and place them on top of the peppers at an angle when serving, for an interesting presentation.

Yield: 4 stuffed peppers

Adapted From: http://www.atkins.com

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