Tammy's Stuffed Peppers

 
We spend every summer in a seasonal campground in Cumberland Wisconsin. It's a great little community. Our campground is about five miles from Cumberland. It's home to Louie's Finer Meats which is a wonderful meat market. They make the best brats in the world! The meat counter is glorious. There is also Bob's Barronett Produce. Bob is a local farmer in the area and everyone in the area waits patiently for his wonderful produce starting every July. I have to say he has the best sweet corn you will ever taste...it's sweet, crisp and buttery and oh so good! The line of people waiting for his truck filled with that crisp sweet corn is always amazing. He also has lots of other produce including very large green peppers and that's where my story begins.

This past summer our friends from the campground, Tammy and Barry, invited me and another friend, Jane for dinner. My husband and her husband weren't at the lake that day and boy did they miss out. Tammy had purchased some of those wonderful green peppers. I love stuffed peppers, so naturally I said yes I would love to come to dinner. 

I always thought I made really good stuffed peppers...that is, until I tasted Tammy's Stuffed Peppers. I had never had them made that way before. They were amazing! So naturally I asked if I could have her recipe. She laughed...and said this is a very, very easy recipe.

My recipe always started with raw hamburger, uncooked rice, onion, seasoning and either tomato soup or tomato sauce. I then stuffed the peppers and cooked them until they were done. Now, they are good, but Tammy's were great! She had a different method. 
She cooked the hamburger and onion first and added the cooked rice. 
Then she mixed in the marinara sauce, cheese and seasoning and stuffed the green peppers and topped them with more cheese, placed them in a oven proof pan and covered with tin foil. When they were ready to be cooked she added some water in the bottom of the pan and replaced the tin foil to help steam the green peppers.  
We were at the lake and it was very warm that day, so Barry started up the grill and the stuffed peppers were placed on the grill and 40 minutes later we had the most wonderful stuffed green peppers I have ever tasted. 
I duplicated her recipe this past week and the picture above is Tammy's Yummy Stuffed Pepper dinner. I added some baby roasted potatoes, green beans and some homemade French bread. Dinner was so good. Although I like my recipe, I'm pretty sure this will be my go-to recipe from now on. I didn't have any of Bob's wonderful corn to add to our dinner...that was the only thing that would have made this dinner perfect.

Tammy's Yummy Stuffed Peppers 
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 C. cooked rice (regular or minute rice)
  • 1 C. marinara sauce (or the sauce of your choice)
  • 1 C. shredded cheddar cheese plus a little more for the tops
  • 2 large green peppers
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 
  • Seasonings of your choice
Directions:
  1. Fry hamburger and onion until browned. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Cook rice according to package directions.
  3. Mix hamburger, onion, cooked rice, marinara sauce and about a cup of cheddar cheese in a mixing bowl.
  4. Clean green peppers, cut in half and clean out seeds and veins.
  5. Place the meat mixture into the green pepper halves and place more cheese on top. You can also put a little more marinara sauce on before you add the cheese to the tops.
  6. Place green pepper halves into a square cake pan if making four.
  7. Pour a little water in the bottom of the pan, cover with foil and place into a 350° oven for about 40-45 minutes. If using an outside grill, place pan on grates and cook for about 40-45 minutes.
Note: This recipe can be doubled or tripled. Just adjust ingredients to the amount you are making.
If you have a chance to try this recipe, you won't be disappointed. The cheese and marinara sauce made the taste amazing. A simple recipe and a very easy recipe that your family will love ask for time and time again.

Maybe I'm the only one that made stuffed peppers the way I did. I'm sure glad Tammy and Barry invited us for dinner. I found a new way of preparing them...and they are delicious!!!


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