Recipe: Stuffed Red Peppers and Roasted Taters

|March 22, 2011|read comments (1)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

I just love the Sunday morning paper!  The only thing worth reading is the ads.  Unless, of course, there is a write-up about a new cookbook coming out or they decide to print some recipes that I can read.  I really miss the old Courier Express – they always seemed to have recipes and cooking tips in the paper quite regularly.  And the recipes were good home-cooked dinners, great baking recipes – things you would want to make and serve your family.  Now all I have left of the Courier Express is the yellowed recipes that I cut out from years ago and the memories!  So I just read the ads, cut out the coupons I want and just glance through the remaining sections before tossing in the trash. 

And the ads have changed drastically. 

And the sales are not sales anymore – just advertisements. 

Gotta love those BOGO (buy one, get one) ads in the supermarket.  For instance, Brown 'n Serve Sausages (10-count) which you can purchase for about $1.09 in most stores.  BOGO and save $2.09!  DUH!  I may be blond – but I am not stupid. 

It's bad enough everything is changing – sizes, weights – you name it.  And coupon shopping is almost non-existent for many.  Most coupons are $1.00 off coupons – that is if you buy two, three or four (or more!) of an item.  And with all these size and weight changes – it makes you wonder just what you are paying for and if it is worth purchasing to begin with. 

Believe me – my heart goes out to those who are new to cooking, and the younger generations that have to try to make an older recipe with today's product weight/size and all the changes in the recipes from the food manufacturers. 

Bell peppers are so dang expensive, especially the red ones – which just happen to be a big favorite around here – surpassing our love for green bell peppers.  When I noticed that a local market had them for $1.99/pound I was anxious to stock up (heck it's better than $3.99 or$4.39 per pound) – easy to clean and freeze for future meals.  Too bad when I got to the store, all their red bell peppers were on their last leg.  I did find one beautiful one – so I bought it to halve and stuff for dinner.  No sense in asking the produce manager if they have any in the back – they wouldn't bring them out until the bad ones were sold.  So I grabbed a packed of ground round – barely 2/3 – 3/4 pound for stuffing the pepper.  I've made hamburgers bigger than that!

I washed, halved and seeded my lonely red pepper (glad I was just feeding the two of us!) and cut out any membrane; set aside.  Combined my ground chuck with one large egg, dry bread crumbs, a couple spoons of tomato soup and seasoned with Kosher salt, cracked black pepper, garlic, onion powder, and parsley.  I've never made such a small batch of stuffed peppers before in my life and this felt weird!  I stuffed my pepper halves and placed in my baking dish, "frosting" the tops with the remaining tomato soup from the can.

I prepared my taters – washed, peeled, cut into wedges and drizzled with olive oil; seasoned with Kosher salt, cracked black pepper, parsley, and garlic.

Transferred to my baking dish, placing in the middle of the peppers, covered and baked in a 350* F. preheated oven for about an hour.

Our choice of veggies was a can of peas and a can of Northern beans, with butter, Kosher salt and cracked black pepper.

 A perfect meal for two – with very little clean up – filling and delicious!  And of course – this can be doubled or tripled, etc.

One Response to “Stuffed Red Peppers and Roasted Taters”

  1. Grandmama2 Says:

    Blog from Mama's Kitchen was right on.  Recipe for the red "pepper" was very similar to what I fix since there are  2 of us.  Like the blog.

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