Granny Besse was my great-grandmother on my mother's side. Primarily remembered for her divine fried apple pies, she was a wonderful cook. I have a number of her recipes, some of which I have posted before on my blog. Her stuffed peppers is a favorite of mine. One thing I like about it is that it is so easy to pull together - you don't have to sauté or brown anything prior to baking. Recently Kroger had any color of pepper for 99 cents each, so I made stuffed peppers out of the orange variety, which I adore for their sweet flavor.
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove chopped garlic
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 cans condensed tomato soup (I used 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce instead - what I had on hand)
1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cup cooked rice (I used brown rice)
8 medium green peppers (or orange, or red!!)
Preheat oven to 350*. Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds. Place in baking dish. Mix all the other ingredients by hand in a large bowl, then stuff the peppers. Bake for 45 minutes.
This makes a lot, so sometimes I just stuff 5 peppers and make a mini meatloaf with the remaining meat mixture, which the boys can have for an easy dinner on one of the nights I'm working. This recipe is a wonderful way to introduce your kids to peppers - mine love it!
And on a side note - a happy 39th birthday to my husband, Paul. Wishing him a most excellent day today!