Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This is the way my mom always made stuffed peppers. I don't cook the meat before stuffing. The sauce has a smoky flavor. If you don't have any ground ham, you can add a ham hock, ham shank, or ham bone to the pot for extra flavor.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground beef
- 1⁄2 lb ground cooked ham
- 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
- 2 eggs
- 3⁄4 cup raw white rice or 3⁄4 cup Minute Rice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 -8 green peppers, halved and seeded
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 quart water
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 -3 tablespoons bacon drippings or 2 -3 tablespoons oil
- 2 -3 tablespoons flour
- Combine meat, eggs, rice,onion, salt and pepper; set aside.
- Cut peppers in half and seed.
- Stuff meat mixture into peppers and drop into sauce.
- Sauce: Make a roux with oil and flour and cook over MEDIUM heat until brown but not burnt.
- Add 1 small can tomato paste and a quart of water.
- Stir with a whisk until sauce bubbles.
- Add bay leafs.
- Drop peppers into sauce.
- Cook, covered, at slow simmer on stovetop for 1-1 1/2 hr, or bake in covered casserole 1- 1/2 hours.
- Add water if necessary.
- The rice will absorb water.
- Peppers should be COVERED with sauce, and peppers are done when rice is cooked.
Great peppers! I had never used ham and hamburger together for the stuffing, but it was a real taste treat. The bacon drippings in the roux was another wonderful subtle surprise. Truly and wonderful way to make an old standby. We enjoyed the meal very much. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. I will definately use it again. It is good enough for company!!
I didn't have ham so used ground pork instead. I also used brown rice and it didn't cook all the way through even with leaving it in the oven for a longer period of time (it was al dente which is good with pasta, but not so much with rice). :( All in all- the recipe was ok (flavorful enough), but not worth the mess it made in my oven. I guess I'm just not a stuffed pepper person. My advice if you do like stuffed peppers: diffenately use the called for ham and avoid brown rice!
Fantastic recipe! My FAVORITE as a kid!