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Stuffed Bell Peppers 
Sep. 23, 2012 8:15 pm 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2012 9:01 pm

I created dinner last night with al fresco's all natural chicken sausages.  I used the fresh garlic & herb sausages that come 14 oz on a tray.  There are five in a pack but since it's just hubby and me, we have three for another time.  So this is what I threw together...



First I preheated the oven to 350.  In a small sauce pan, I cooked 1/4 cup of white rice in 1/2 cup of chicken stock for about 15 minutes or so, figuring the rice will finish cooking when the peppers bake.  I got a large pot of water boiling.  I removed the tops, seeds and membranes from two red bell peppers.  The pepper cups went into the boiling water to blanch for 10 minutes, then place on paper towels to dry.  I chopped the pepper tops, half an onion, and a few cloves of garlic.  Meanwhile, I removed the casings and dropped the sausages in my trusty saute pan and broke them up.  I browned them up with the onion, garlic and chopped pepper tops.


When the meat was cooked through and the rice was done, I added the rice to the saute pan along with about 7oz of an 8oz can of tomato sauce.  I added 3/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 2 tablespoons of fresh grated Parmesan (don't use the stuff from the green can!!!  If you don't want to grate it yourself, check the cheese section at your market.  Not the cheeses in bags, but the specialty cheeses.  Fresh cheese is WAY better, trust me!  There's something wrong about cheese that doesn't need to be refrigerated!)  Be sure to season with salt and pepper to taste.  Don't forget to taste!  This is your chance to tweak the seasonings and herbs to your preference!  I divided the mixture amongst the two peppers, topped with the remaining tomato sauce and baked for 35 minutes.  The sauce on top ensures you don't have dry, crunchy rice on top.  But if you like that, by all means, skip the sauce on top.

When the timer went off, I topped each pepper with a tablespoon or so of shredded mozzarella cheese.  Then returned to the oven for 10 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.


And there you go!  

Yum!  Goes great with a salad.

So thank you to al fresco for giving us Allstars some coupons for free product!  They aren't the easiest sausages to find in all grocery stores, so when I ran into these garlic and herb fresh ones, I grabbed them!  Previously, I had only found the fully cooked Sweet Italian and Sweet Apple, so this was a pleasant surprise.  Free sausage and tasty dinner..couldn't go wrong!  Thanks for reading, and give these a try!

[I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Adventures in Lissa's Kitchen! The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of *~Lissa~*.]

Sep. 23, 2012 8:35 pm
Those look really good, Lissa! I think it looks like a lot of people found their personal recipes using the sausages a surprise in taste! Thanks for your blog!
Sep. 23, 2012 9:40 pm
Thanks for reading Marianne! These are a really good flavor of these sausages.
Sep. 24, 2012 2:44 am
So envious that you have the product available near you! And so happy that your creation turned out well!
Sep. 24, 2012 4:27 am
Now those look like something that would go over very well in this house. Thanks for a great meal idea.
Deb C 
Sep. 24, 2012 6:34 am
That looks tasty Lissa! I must give it a try. Thanks!
Sep. 24, 2012 6:53 am
How lucky can you be finding al fresco in the Cobb/Clearlake area? Those look good with the sauce.
Sep. 24, 2012 8:24 am
Sep. 24, 2012 10:46 am
Looks great Lissa! Great blog!
Sep. 24, 2012 8:57 pm
Thanks Bibi. Good thing I was carrying the coupon around in my purse. When you search the website to find a store that carries them, it only turns up big chain stores, not the little guys-I got lucky!
Sep. 24, 2012 8:58 pm
Hi Baking Nana...they were a hit with my hubby, maybe you'll have the same luck with No-Baking Papa! Thanks for reading!
Sep. 24, 2012 8:59 pm
Hello Deb! Totally try them! Use whatever sausage you like, but the garlic and herb fresh ones worked out great!
Sep. 24, 2012 9:00 pm
Hey bd.weld, yep, I found them at Ray's in Clearlake. Gotta love Ray's...they have a good selection of natural and organic products!
Sep. 24, 2012 9:00 pm
Thanks for stopping by Mauigirl! They were yum!
Sep. 24, 2012 9:01 pm
Thanks Occasional Cooker! Glad you enjoyed the read!
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 2 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
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