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The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers

This was a topic/recipe posted on chow's website recently. My thought is that right off the bat, the secret ingredient is to start with a better tasting pepper.
 
http://www.scrumptiousche...t-Stuffed-Bell-Peppers
 
I think of stuffed peppers as being soul food or country cooking. What are some crucial ingredients you put into your stuffed peppers?
 
What kind of pepper do you use?
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/05 12:12:57 (permalink)
    Chef, you might enjoy this thread from another board.
     
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/05 12:22:00 (permalink)
    Interesting Brad. When I think of stuffed peppers I think of the way my mom made them, cut off the top, core out the seeds and veins and stuff with loose, cooked ground beef lightly seasoned. She then placed them tightly arraigned in a big pot and filled the pot with tomato sauce to just cover the top. They were then simmered for a few hours until the peppers softened. As far as seasoning, anything my mom made contained a vast amount of garlic! I still make this for me and my vegetarian partner but with the Morningstar Farms crumbles. With the sauce, seasoning and the peppers, you really can't tell it's not real meat.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/05 13:26:22 (permalink)
    Green peppers, ground beef, finely chopped onions, Beef Rice a Roni, tomato sauce, fresh garlic finely minced, Salt, Pepper all mixed together, put in slow cooker on low all day.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/05 13:34:08 (permalink)
    My mom used cubanelle peppers, stuffed with mixture of soft bread crumbs, eggs, a bit of ground meat,  finely chopped mortadella or prosciutto, a bit of garlic and onion, a wee bit of parsley, and bit of finely peeled and seeded tomato.  Drizzled with olive oil and baked it. I like the cubanelle peppers because they melt into the filling.
     
    I am so hungry now!!
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/05 15:34:57 (permalink)
    Thanks Brad, that is a seriously delicious looking recipe. Substitute Poblano for Bell and I could eat a half dozen of those.
     
    Downthread: Love the mortadella/cubanelle idea. I've used chile Chilaca before too and it's a really good chile for stuffing.
     
    We just go out of Hatch season out here in Austin and I've got 15lbs roasted and in the freezer so I'm looking good for stuffed chiles all winter long.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/05 15:42:55 (permalink)
     I use red bell peppers for the sweetness. The filling is Ground beef, Uncle Ben's rice, celery, onions, carrots, mozzarella, parmasean, fresh ground pepper, sea salt, parsely, and a little tomato sauce.  Cover them tightly with foil. I then put them into the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour with a little water in the pan. Outstanding!!
     
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/06 23:07:25 (permalink)
    I make them pretty much the standard way - but I use Bloody Mary mix instead of tomato sauce for a little different twist on an old standard.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/06 23:46:21 (permalink)
    I use italian long hot peppers or hot cherry peppers stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, italian sausage. oregano, fresh parsley, minced onion and  garlic,torn bread milk soaked and grated parmesan, topped with mozzerella in tomato sauce.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/08 10:57:28 (permalink)
    I never make them because I'm the only one who likes them, but I still remember the ones my mother made, and I loved them. She used finely ground leftoverbeef and pork roast canned tomatoes squished up very small, onion, and leftover mashed potatoes to bind it up. Parsley, too, I think. She put longhorn cheese on the top and baked them.  This was the highest and best use for leftovers I had ever seen. Oh, and first she steamed the green bell pepper halves until they were just tender. I would have eaten those things every day.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/08 12:42:37 (permalink)
    Campbells condensed tomato soup, rice, diced tomatos-drained, and velveeta cheese.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/08 13:46:40 (permalink)
    scrumptiouschef

    I think of stuffed peppers as being soul food or country cooking.

    That's funny. I think of stuffed peppers being Jewish (gefilte peppers in Yinglish) and Eastern European cooking (toltott paprika).
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/08 14:12:37 (permalink)
    shortchef

    I never make them because I'm the only one who likes them, but I still remember the ones my mother made, and I loved them. She used finely ground leftoverbeef and pork roast canned tomatoes squished up very small, onion, and leftover mashed potatoes to bind it up. Parsley, too, I think. She put longhorn cheese on the top and baked them.  This was the highest and best use for leftovers I had ever seen. Oh, and first she steamed the green bell pepper halves until they were just tender. I would have eaten those things every day.


    --oh yes..how did i forget..mashed potatoes..that is my favourite filling..yours is pretty good..sounds lke something i would really like.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/08 14:43:11 (permalink)
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/10 11:00:47 (permalink)
    Ha, I always thought stuffed bell peppers was a Creole dish, I guess they can still be, when made with shrimp or crabmeat.
    My neighbor makes some good ones, he uses small chunks of ham with his ground meat, Rotel, and a 5-cheese topping.   I grew up eating them either with beef, or shrimp, and stuffed with rice, stewed tomatoes and a cheddar topping, but prefer seasoned bread crumbs over the rice.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/19 21:41:46 (permalink)
    Not ground beef meat, sausage meat.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2010/10/19 22:08:11 (permalink)
    Fab, you might be right. It would depend on the sausage though.
     
    My recipe... A combo of 2 parts ground chuck, and one pound Jimmy Dean sausage, and two packs Uncle Ben"s wild rice, and one can of Rotell Tomatoes.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/07/30 00:02:53 (permalink)
    Ate some fantastic stuffed poblano a couple nights ago at a friends house and he mentioned that he seasoned the pork/rice dressing with fish sauce! Love the stuff and will definitely try this secret weapon.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/07/30 02:47:54 (permalink)
    Banana peppers....with a stuffing base that is smaller than a traditional crouton...larger than breadcrumbs. Marinated artichokes & pepperoni usually with other antipastish ingredients depending on the mood or season. Vodka sauce.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/08/25 00:26:02 (permalink)
    Hatch Peppers are in the markets in Austin right now. .33 a lb! time to start stuffing chiles y'all.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/08/25 10:37:03 (permalink)
    I paid $1.59 lb for some last week.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/08/25 10:43:08 (permalink)
    scrumptiouschef

    This was a topic/recipe posted on chow's website recently. My thought is that right off the bat, the secret ingredient is to start with a better tasting pepper.

    http://www.scrumptiousche...t-Stuffed-Bell-Peppers

    I think of stuffed peppers as being soul food or country cooking. What are some crucial ingredients you put into your stuffed peppers?

    What kind of pepper do you use?

    I don't have any special ingredients, but if I could get the sauce to taste like the sauce in Stouffer's frozen stuffed peppers, I'd be a happy man!
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/08/25 13:47:14 (permalink)
    got a couple pounds of gator meat from LA thawing out in the fridge, should get a pan of Hatch Chile/gator enchiladas out of it as well as a handful of gator stuffed Hatch
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/08/26 11:03:41 (permalink)
    I use a combination of ground chuck, pork, and shrimp.  I make a large batch at a time, and wrap individually in Saran wrap, freeze in a Zip loc bag.  My dad's old school, expects rice in them, which I'm not too crazy about, so just put enough that you can see they have some. 
     
    I prefer my peppers on the firm side, just about any kind of filling will work, but really don't like the peppers too soft.
     
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/08/26 16:33:36 (permalink)
    BelleReve

    Ha, I always thought stuffed bell peppers was a Creole dish, I guess they can still be, when made with shrimp or crabmeat.
    My neighbor makes some good ones, he uses small chunks of ham with his ground meat, Rotel, and a 5-cheese topping.   I grew up eating them either with beef, or shrimp, and stuffed with rice, stewed tomatoes and a cheddar topping, but prefer seasoned bread crumbs over the rice.

     
    My mom was Hungarian second gen and my mom made stuffed peppers with ground beef. Loose recipe posted up thread. Seems this is a cross cultural dish!!! Not too far off from chile relanos.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/08/27 07:27:32 (permalink)
    I do pretty much the same thing.  I use a spicy Italian sausage.  I stuffed some Hatch New Mexico chiles yesterday.  They were awesome.  Cooked them on the grill.

    I use italian long hot peppers or hot cherry peppers stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, italian sausage. oregano, fresh parsley, minced onion and  garlic,torn bread milk soaked and grated parmesan, topped with mozzerella in tomato sauce.


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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/10/09 00:53:52 (permalink)
    I bought some Chilaca chiles over the weekend, charred the hides off of them, stuffed them with ground beef chili then covered them with a blanket of queso Salvadorena. Came out good but not Hatch level good by any means.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/10/09 07:27:40 (permalink)
    Lea & Perrins "W" Sauce.
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/10/11 02:49:46 (permalink)
    I've never made them but if I wanted to I would: marinate shrimp overnight (salt, pepper, garlic and parsley- medium chunks), get the finest smoked sausage you can get (medium dice), smoke a pork chop or two (medium dice), gotta have chicken livers, diced tomatoes, onion, fresh garlic, celery, parsley and make a stuffing or use stove top.
     
    cut peppers in half, broil just until they start to blister
    cool, stuff and bake covered 20 - 30 mins 
    once peppers are tender and stuffing is hot, broil to crisp stuffing
    brown a thick slice of provolone and top with bacon and green onions.
     
    would probably have a nice brown sauce or some sour cream/cream cheese spread on french bread for a crunchy side.
     
    I've been a black olive junkie lately, would probably toss some of them in and eat it with...
     
    you guessed it - Ranch Dressing!
     
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    Re:The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers 2012/11/02 20:12:26 (permalink)
    That sounds ridiculously yummy, 318!
     
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