After having stuffed peppers a few times I finally just decided I didn't like them. That was until a neighbor brought me some stuffed peppers for dinner one evening while I was ill. I decided to eat them just because I felt too sick to make anything for myself, and I'm glad I did. They were absolutely wonderful, with a different, richer flavor than the traditional stuffed peppers I had always tried before. She was hesitant to give up her secret, but I begged and begged until she did. So here it is.
Note that the lemon juice and sugar are optional. They were my adaptation to the recipe, and I like the flavor they impart to the sauce. But it is a matter of personal taste and the peppers are still excellent without them. Just use the "secret ingredient" that replaces the traditional tomato sauce as is. A 4th tablespoon of rice can also be added if you prefer, but if you do, add 2 more tablespoons of the liquid to the meat mixture. There is also a note at the bottom which gives directions on preparing these on top of the stove or in an electric skillet if you'd prefer.