"My own stuffed bell pepper recipe with a festive twist for Halloween." — stepperanddaniel
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bell peppers, any color
whole wheat bread, cubed
prepared yellow mustard
Can I rate my own recipe? Well, I'll speak for my family, they give it 5 stars. This is one of our favorite things to make this time of year as well as the rest of the year. It's delicious and I forgot to add that after they're done cooking I like to top them off with Ketchup right before serving. Yum! And they freeze good too if you want to make some ahead of time to stock the freezer.
I actually have to say that I did not like this recipe. I am a competent cook and I followed the instructions exactly, except for one thing: I didn't cut out the jackolantern faces. I've made other stuffed bell pepper recipes before and they always turned out fine, so I didn't think that cutting out the faces served any functional purpose, merely decorative. However, in retrospect, I may have been mistaken- this was very, very juicy, and before I served the peppers, I actually grabbed them with tongs and tipped them over to drain out all the excess fluids from the ground beef. That being said, I think if I had cut the faces (or at least cut tiny vents), it may have drained on its own... but either way, that was not my issue with this recipe. I think that, as written, it contains too much mustard! I used exactly the amount specified and it overpowered everything else... it tasted just like mustard ground beef, no other flavors. If I made it again, I would reduce the mustard to 2 tbs, 3 max, and also I would saute the onions with the garlic before adding them... otherwise they are still crunchy and spicy after cooking for an hour. Finally, I think I would nix the bread cubes and add a cup of italian bread crumbs instead, and perhaps some freshly chopped parsley. The recipe was lacking flavor or spice- all it tasted like was mustard. One thing I do have to say though is that the cook time and temperature were spot on- it was perfectly done. Just my input.
I left out the chili sauce/tomato and added a can of RoTel tomatoes. Used 1 1/2 cups regular cook oatmeal.
These turned out SO ADORABLE and the meat was tender and juicy! Instead of 1 small tomato, I drained and added a can of roasted tomatoes, 4 TBS of Worcestershire sauce, and only 1 teaspoon of chili sauce (my little kids don't like food that's too spicy). Next time, I'll try turkey ground meat and a little more chili sauce (2 teaspoons). I definitely recommend this for Halloween!
Every year we have guests for dinner, then onto trick-or-treating- lots of kids and parents! This is a great festive meal for everyone. A little freshly shredded parm cheese adds something extra. For the parents- these taste really good washed down with wine or beer : )
What a fun idea!!! I'm giving this 5 stars because we really enjoyed them and it will be the perfect meal for Halloween (they are so cute - the girls loved them!) but we didn't use the filling called for in the recipe (we don't eat beef). I stuffed orange bell peppers with seasoned black beans & rice layered with grated cheddar cheese. So yummy & festive!!! I wish I would have snapped a photo before we dug in because they were adorable! :-)
These were good...and creative! The bread was a bit soggy - I probably won't add it next time.
These were wonderful. My family likes spicy food, so I chopped up a fresh jalepeno and tossed it into the mix.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 102
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