Meat Stuffed Bell Peppers

Day two of our Birthday Party! Thanks for dropping by! 

Yesterday, when I opened my mailbox, my copy of the spring edition of Where Women Cook was there! Yippie! I’ll bet I’ve told anyone who’ll listen,  how much I LOVE this magazine. And if I haven’t told YOU, I LOVE THIS MAGAZINE!   I’ve loved it since the very first droolworthy issue. Its one of those you keep. Like the piles of Southern Living Magazines I’ve amassed over the years, its earned its own place on the coffee table. Just when the pages of the Winter edition are dogeared and worn, I’ve finally received my very own subscription!!

 

Just Look!

 

The publishers choose the most amazing kitchens to include, as well as yummy recipes, tips and stories about cooks we’d all love to sit down with and have a glass of sweet tea!  I love learning from the ‘masters’, getting the inside on how to be a ‘better’ cook and learning things about how to better organize my small kitchen.

But look at this!!

What’s not to love about candy?

or this

Rhubarb Pie!!  (Now THAT’S some yummy goodness!

Here’s a look at the table of contents, just look how packed full  this magazine is!

If you’re not convinced yet, hop over to  the blog Where Women Cook and just look at all the fabulous recipes there!

I’d love to be able to tell you I’d gotten a call from the publishers. And I was all fancy schmanzy and that they wanted to include me and one of my Simple Southern Recipes in this unbelievably luscious magazine.   I’ve imagined in my mind a kajillion times how the call would go. I can dream can’t I? (more on this later)

Well back to earth. And back to the kitchen.  So where was I ?  Oh yeah, its our Birthday week  and you need a recipe first!

Springtime brings wonderful produce at the market and a chance for me to whip up some comfort food. Foods from my childhood that are perfect midweek fare. Easy to make , hearty and warm. Like this Meat Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe. Grab a print and make these this week for your family!

 

Meat Stuffed Bell Peppers
 
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Hearty, warm comfort. Perfect for a mid-week dinner
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 large bell peppers (green or stop light mixed colors) tops cut away and seeds removed
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped bell pepper (use the tops)
  • ¾ pound organic ground beef
  • 1 pound organic ground Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked whole grain rice
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Remove tops and stems from bell peppers, discard the stems and chop and set aside the tops for the filling.
  2. In a large pot of rapidly boiling water, parboil the bell peppers until just tender (this only takes about 2 minutes)
  3. Remove from boiling water with a slotted spoon and drain upside down on paper towels.
  4. Prepare the rice according to package and drain if necessary.
  5. In a LARGE Skillet, heat the oil over a medium high heat.
  6. Add in the onion and bellpeppers and cook, stirring constantly until just soft.
  7. Add the beef, sausage, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic and pepper flakes.
  8. Cook until meat is nicely browned. Use a wooden or metal spoon to break up any large lumps.
  9. Add the rice and tomato sauce. Stir until thoroughly blended.
  10. In a foil lined large baking dish, add just enough water to cover the bottom.( about ⅛ inch) (Use a pan with sides deep enough to hold the peppers upright)
  11. Spoon meat mixture into peppers so that they are stuffed tightly (press down a bit with the spoon)
  12. Place into foil lined baking dish
  13. Bake until peppers are ‘very’ tender and filling is heated through (about 25-30 minutes)
  14. Remove from oven and let rest about 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
This recipe makes a lot! The filling freezes nicely if you only want to make 2 or 4 peppers. I use a cast iron dutch oven to prepare the meat mixture. just makes it easier and there’s less cleanup in the end. (I’m messy)
Top your stuffed peppers with tomato sauce, or cheese after fully cooked. Remove from oven add topping and place back into oven on broil for a few minutes until cheese is melted or tomato sauce is bubbly. (watch closely so it does not burn)

 

Now that dinner is under control, I want to give you a gift!  One lucky  commenter will receive their very OWN copy of  the Where Women Cook spring edition.  If you’d like to purchase your own subscription (and I highly recommend you do)go here.  I’ll draw for this gift on April 18, 2012.

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Here’s the link up:

Prize Winning Fajitas!

Flank or Skirt Steak marinated just right with a mouthwatering kick.  Even Paula Deen would be envious of how wonderful these taste!

Carne Asada Marinade

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Summary: Traditional With A Southern Kick

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 limes squeezed
  • 2 oranges squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic crushed
  • 1 small texas sweet yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • small bunch cilantro chopped (no stems)
  • 2 small jalapenos chopped
  • 2 or 3 splashes Tabasco® Brand Green sauce
  • 1 7oz can Herdez® Brand Salsa Casera

Instructions

  1. Squeeze citrus and remove meat from peels
  2. Combine the juice and citrus meats with remaining ingredients in blender
  3. Process on high for 1 to 2 minutes
  4. Use as marinade for skirt or flank steak

Variations

We like the spicier kick of Herdez© Casera Hot, but you can use any of their casera varieties. I recommend only Herdez brand for Authentic taste.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Copyright © Simple Plate 2004-2011.

This makes  enough marinade for several flank steaks reserve off enough for the quantity of steak you are cooking and refrigerate the remaining.

Pour this marinade on top of  room temperature skirt or flank steak  in a covered container or zip-loc bag for at least 1 hour. (longer is better as it allows the flavors to truly shine through. I generally marinate for at least 4 hours)

 Fajitas

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds skirt or flank steak (marinated in above recipe)
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sour cream, for topping
  • Herdez® Salsa Verde , for topping
  • Guacamole, for topping
  • Pico de  gallo, for topping
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded, for topping
  • Additional Limes for finish

Instructions

  1. Wrap tortillas loosely in foil
  2. Toss sliced onion and bellpeppers with olive oil and juice of 1 lime.
  3. Preheat a ridged cast iron grill pan on high heat.
  4. Remove steak from marinade
  5. Discard marinade
  6. Lightly oil grill pan (do not use spray)
  7. Grill the steak over medium-high heat
  8. Cook for 4 minutes on each side
  9. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest
  10. Place wrapped tortillas in 350 degree oven
  11. Add onions and bell peppers to grill pan
  12. Cook until tender crisp (7-8 minutes)
  13. Remove tortillas from oven and place in tortilla warmer.
  14. Thinly slice steak against grain
  15. Assemble with Sour Cream, Salsa Verde, Pico degallo, Guacamole and Cheese
  16. Lightly spritz with lime juice

Quick notes

If you want your fajitas to sizzle to the table. Heat lightly oiled flat skillets in 400 degree oven, for about 4 minutes. You can do this as you assemble the condiments to bring to the table. When you are ready to serve, remove the cast iron servers from the oven and quickly arrange the meat and peppers and onions on it. It will immediately start to sizzle from their fat and moisture. Top with a spritz of lime juice and you’ll have those ‘restaurant’ sizzling fajitas at your own table.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 12 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (Southwestern)

Copyright © Simple Plate 2004-2011.

 

Cook’s note:

I ONLY make my tortillas from scratch now (thanks Lori) Here’s a great video  and recipe on how to make em! EZPZ too!   And Casera and Salsa Verde are from Herdez® the ONLY brand I’ll ever use.. These little tweaks make these fajitas  extra delicious!