Saturday, March 16, 2013

Stuffed Peppers

Bell Peppers stuffed with Italian Sausage, Ground Beef, Rice and Cheese; baked indirect on the BGE (sleet and rain notwithstanding)...Used my new Emile Henry 5.2 Qt. Flametop Dutch Oven for preparation and the EH Flame Roaster for finishing the peppers.
Pictured here with about 15 minutes to go...before serving scoop a couple of spoonfulls of the sauce over the top of each pepper and serve with garlic mashed potatoes and italian bread with butter and garlic parsley seasoning. 
 
Ingredients                                                              
  • 6 Large Green/Red/Yellow Bell peppers               
  • 1 Lb. Medium Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 Lb. Lean Ground Beef (organic)   
  • 8  Large Green Onions, diced                              
  • 10 oz. Yellow Saffron Rice (pre-cooked) –Substitute White       
  • 8-16 oz. finely shredded Parmesan cheese (to taste)
  • 48 Oz. Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce   
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella cheese, grated                     
  • 6-8 Large Garlic Cloves peeled and minced.
  • Celery Salt and Fresh Ground 4 color Peppercorns (to taste)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)                             
Preparation and Cooking
  1. Cut tops from peppers and remove membranes and seeds; for more tender peppers, par-boil for 5 minutes and drain
  2. Pre-cook Saffron Rice per package directions
  3. Bring BGE to full flame and drizzle EVOO into a Cast Iron skillet on a raised grid and brown the sausage and ground beef EVOO with the green onions, celery salt, garlic pepper and diced garlic and drain.
  4. Mix Sausage, Beef, onion, rice and parmesan cheese and stuff the peppers with the mixture
  5. Spoon pasta sauce into 13” baking pan about 1/2-3/4” deep
  6. Sprinkle 1 cup of Mozzarella cheese over peppers
  7. Pour remainder of Pasta Sauce over peppers
  8. Sprinkle remainder of Mozzarella cheese over the top (optional add Parmesean too)
  9. Remove Grid and 2” fire ring and replace with Plate Setter positioned with the legs DOWN.
  10. Close lid and stabilize temperature to 350-375 degrees and bake for 45 minutes
Browning the meat, onions, garlic, salt and pepper...
The mixture ready for scooping into the peppers.
Ready for baking...350 degrees for about 45 minutes (till peppers are just past tendercrisp)
Recommended Side Dish - Garlic Mashed Potatoes