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Stuffed Red Peppers

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November 5, 2015

On the scale for Bulgarian soulful home cooking this will be one of the top choices. The sweetness of the baked red peppers is well balanced with the aromatic stuffing.

Ingredients

5-7 Servings

½ lbs ground beef

½ lbs ground pork

1 medium size onion, minced

1 carrot, finely shredded on stainless steel box grater

½ tomato puree

1 cup rice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh parsley

½ tablespoon fresh oregano

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Red peppers – 5-7*

Salt to taste

* If you are using the long red pepper you will need 7, if using bell peppers then you might need only 5. When you buy them choose the smaller ones. They are easier to cook and make better individual portions.

Directions

1In a large sauté pan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add the rice, salt, black pepper and the oregano and cook for another 3 min. Then add the shredded carrot and the ground meat. Mix well with the rest, add the tomato puree and cook for 6 min.

2Preheat the oven to 350F.

3Clean the red peppers. With a small knife cut an opening around the steam, like a “hat”. Preserve it. Remove all the seeds. Stuff the pepper gently with a spoon, so you don’t break the skin. When all the peppers are ready, arrange them like little dolls with “hats on” in a deep baking pod. Add water enough to cover ¾ of them and place them in the oven. Bake the stuffed peppers for 1 hour.

4Serve them with yogurt on a side.

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