Food and Cooking: Stuffed Green Peppers - With Salsa Rice
I Used Three Cooking Styles
First of all, all I could find was a microwave recipe. Well. I used the microwave to soften my bell peppers, but used my oven to merge the stuffing inside the bell pepper.
I did a few things while I prepared my rice mixture. I cut the tops off the peppers, cleaned out the seeds and membrane and placed the bottoms of the peppers in a square, deep dish Pyrex dish. I added a bit of water to the dish. I would say it was about 3/4 cup of water. I wanted them to steam inside a covered container inside the microwave. I microwaved them for about 7 minutes
In a large saucepan, I followed the instructions for the Spanish Rice. But, of course, I substituted some ingredients. I had a second pan that I sauteed the onions and celery. For moisture, I used a 15 ounce jar of mild salsa and the cup and a half of water, tablespoon of butter, the rice package [Zatarains Spanish Rice] and I stirred it and brought it to a boil on medium heat. I added the sauteed onions and the celery to the rice mixture. I then covered it and put it on the back burner on a slower temperature so it could simmer for the few minutes that it took to start softening up the rice.
My oven, set to 350 degrees. I broke two large eggs and stirred them in a bowl. I then, quickly stirred them into the rice mixture. I was surprised that the eggs didn't harden immediately. They didn't. Then, I scooped the mixture into the peppers in my baking dish.
When the peppers were full, I sprinkled some shredded cheese on each one. I placed the top of the pepper back on each pepper.
In to the oven.
It is Essentially a Porcupine Meatball
Oh, I forgot to mention that I had two pork patties and two ground beef patties that I thawed in a frying pan with a lid on, with a little water, and then I broke the meat into small pieces and the rice mixture was all added to it.
Fill the Peppers With the Rice Mixture
Once you have your meat browned, your onions/celery sauteed, your peppers softened, your rice mixture mixed together with the egg, then you are ready to stuff those peppers with your rice mixture.
Fill each to the brim. Add some cheese. Replace the top you cut off the pepper onto the pepper.
Your peppers should have mixture in them. There should be some moisture on the bottom of your dish. You should add cheese to the top of each pepper before you put the top on. Then, you'll have to cover the dish.
I Browned Pork and Beef Patties from Frozen
Bake 350 Degrees Covered
It took close to an hour at 350 to fully cook the egg and rice mixture. It still reminds me of a recipe for porcupine meatballs. The rice cooks inside the meatballs and they look like a porcupine. You know, the animal with the spines.