Pepper Pizzas....Pizza in a Pepper....Stuffed Peppers? You Call It.
Sometimes (most of the time) leftovers go a long way. And I'm talking leftover ingredients. The other night I wanted to whip up some stuffed peppers. Why? Mostly because they're easy as shit to make. You just fill those puppies with anything you want. I'd recommend combining foods that correlate with one another but maybe that's just me.
So I rummaged in the fridge and found some gold! To fill my peppers (which were green, orange and red) I collected the following....
- 1 container of mushrooms
- 1 lbs of Italian sausage
- Handful of garlic cloves
- 1-2 jalapenos
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 package of brown rice (microwavable or regular). Now, I must admit, I didn't think the rice would take with this combo but it held its own just fine.
- 4 healthy-sized peppers (Pick your own colors. It's your world....your oven just lives in it)
- (Optional....which, I guess it's all optional, huh?!) 1 can of diced tomatoes or cut up your own
- 1 package of mozzarella cheese (grated)
- 1 package of Parmesan cheese (grated)
YOUR PRECISELY EXECUTED PROCEDURE:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Cut the tops off and insides out of the peppers
- Parboil the peppers (toss in boiling water for 2-3 minutes until tender)
- Why don't you mince up that garlic, dice up the mushrooms and onion and any other treats you plan on tossing into the mix and then put them into a pan with some olive oil. Cook until soft n' tender....oooo yeaaaa
- Get to browning the meat in that same pan with some olive oil after all your extras are tender (Perhaps you'd like to season with a little salt n' pepa or maybe you just wanna shoop. Either way.)
- Oh, before I forget, I like to tack on a little crushed red pepper as well.
- Once your meat is browned you may dump your tomatoes and rice (cooked) into the pan for finality. Mix it all well.
- Now stuff those peppers like they've been begging to get stuffed all day! Fill those veggies to the brim and then drop a handful of mozzarella cheese on top. Arrange those puppies (the peppers kids) into your baking dish and then fill said dish with enough water to cover the bottom. Not too much now, ya hear?
- Cook in the over for about 25 minutes. Once you hear the ringing pull out your creation, add a dash of Parmesan cheese to the top and throw back in for 5 more minutes. If you don't like Parm (who doesn't?) and you want to add more mozzarella then go nuts!
You're good to go after that last 5 minute heat wave your dinner has to endure. Enjoy!!