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Herb-Stuffed Red Peppers

“We love to cook and experiment with new dishes,” writes Brenda Joyner of Pateros, Washington. “We found this recipe online but were missing a few of the ingredients, so we improvised. We like the results.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, divided

Directions

  • Cut tops off peppers; remove seeds. Place peppers and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender; set aside.
  • In a small skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove from the heat; stir in the rice, parsley, salt, cayenne and allspice.
  • In a small saucepan, bring tomato sauce and broth to a boil. Stir in the vinegar, basil and 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese; stir about 1/2 cup sauce into rice mixture. Spoon into peppers. Place in a greased shallow 1-qt. baking dish.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until peppers are tender. Serve with remaining sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed pepper: 482 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 1798mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 8g fiber), 32g protein.

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