Stuffed peppers

Baked peppers stuffed with rice and ground pork are hearty and delicious dinner. Just few simple ingredients can be easily turned into a beautiful meal. I love to melt some cheese on top.

I started with cooking rice according to the instructions on the box. I used brown rice, but any not too sticky rice will do great. My mom would mostly use white rice which is also the most popular in Poland. While rice was boiling I chopped and fried onions.

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After onions I chopped mushrooms and fried them too.

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I fried ground pork shoulder on a tablespoon of olive oil, mixing it with a fork and making sure that no clumps will form. Some people add raw meat inside of the peppers but then you have to bake it longer. I am always worried if the meat is cooked through so I just like to fry it a little bit beforehand.

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In a big bowl I mixed rice, fried meat, onions and mushrooms. I added a pinch of salt and pepper, paprika and cumin and cracked a raw egg on top and mixed it again. I cut peppers lengthwise and removed the seeds. Now depending on whether you like crunchy or softer peppers there are two options. If you like them soft you can put them in a hot water for few minutes. If like me you like peppers with a little bit of crunch to them so just leave them raw. Stuff peppers with the meat mixture. Place them in a baking sheet and pour 1 cup of water on the bottom.

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Sprinkle some grated cheese on top. Bake peppers in the oven at 350 F for about 25-30 minutes.

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Serve with tomato sauce. Enjoy!

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If you tried that recipe and posted a pic or comment use hashtag #EasternEuropeanRecipes I’d love to see how it turned out!


Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 lb of ground pork
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1/2 lb of mushrooms
  • 3 peppers
  • 1/2 cup of cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1.  Cook rice. Dice and fry onions and mushrooms. Fry ground pork.
  2. In a big bowl mix cooked meat, onions, mushrooms, spices and a raw egg.
  3. Cut peppers in half, remove the seeds and stuff with meat mixture.
  4. Place peppers in a baking sheet, place 1 cup of cold water on the bottom, sprinkle cheese on top of the peppers and bake for about 25-30 minutes on 350 F until cheese is melted. Serve hot with tomato sauce (like that one).

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