Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Stuffed Pepper Casserole


I had a glut of peppers this summer.  Many have been sliced and frozen for use later in the winter.  But I wanted to enjoy my big red peppers to the fullest this week.  I planned to make stuffed peppers, one of my favorite meals. {You should note that I've never actually had or seen a stuffed pepper before I randomly decided to make them last year.  So I do not profess this to in any way be authentic Italian food.  But I do promise it is GOOD!}

But as I was seeding the peppers, I realized that most of them had spots or little issues on the sides and bottoms {it happens...no chemicals and organic means food is more susceptible}.  I realized I wouldn't be able to stuff them without the stuffing falling out the bottom.

But fear not, friends!  I'm quick on my feet.  Were you worried?  Don't be.  I solved the problem AND made it better.

You're impressed...I can feel it.

But seriously, this recipe is so easy and delicious.  You can easily make it large to feed a crowd and would freeze well, too.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Ingredients:
* Bell peppers, chopped.  Any color.  Lots.
* A few cups of cooked rice. I used about 3.
* Jar of tomato sauce.
* Cheese.  I used about 1.5 cups.
* Sausage, cooked and chopped.  I used about 4 chicken Italian but anything would work.
* Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:
* In a bowl, half the jar of tomato sauce (reserve the rest for later) with all of the rice.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

* Spread 1/3 of the rice mixture on the bottom of a baking dish.




* Layer on top half of your peppers and half of your sausage.




* Add a little layer of cheese.  Maybe 25%.




* Add a few spoons of remaining tomato sauce.




* Add another 1/3 of rice mixture.




* Add the rest of your peppers.  {Are you falling over at how pretty mine are?  I grew every last one of them!}




* Add remaining sausage and then remaining rice mixture.




* Top with remaining sauce and then remaining cheese.




* Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  That's it...so easy!


I didn't grow up eating casseroles.  So they are still sort of novel to me.  But this one is a keeper for sure!  Make it...you'll thank me.  Simple and delicious.

Did you grow up eating casseroles?  My theory is that they are a regional food.  And South Florida isn't that region.  If they were common practice in your childhood...where did you grow up.  I'm so curious!

6 comments:

Flo said...

No casseroles in my childhood, my dad was a meat and potatoes guy, so that's what my mom cooked here in W PA. The recipe sounds yummy, might have to try it.

Buford Betty said...

Oh yes, casseroles a plenty in the South! My mom did stuffed bell peppers a lot for dinner. And I've seen them assembled at the grocery too. Just a bell pepper with top removed, seeded to make a bowl of sorts. Then a meat mixture was stuffed in them and you bake them. :)

Buford Betty said...

Oh yes, casseroles a plenty in the South! My mom did stuffed bell peppers a lot for dinner. And I've seen them assembled at the grocery too. Just a bell pepper with top removed, seeded to make a bowl of sorts. Then a meat mixture was stuffed in them and you bake them. :)

eHa said...

My family has a tuna casserole recipe. I'm from the midwest. My in-laws in New England do not do casseroles as far as I can tell.

Lindsay said...

I'm from Boston and my family never made them growing up! Sometimes they look scary to me, like mysterious. I'm all for them but think that it's one of those things you have to make yourself to like it. Kind of like chicken salad or tuna, cannot eat it unless I make it. Maybe I'm just weird?!

Ruth said...

This looks amazing. I found an unstuffed recipe on the back of some diced frozen bell peppers I fell in love with. I am so scared I will cut through the peppers and won't try stuffing them.

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