The freshly-made Creole sauce puts a different twist on stuffed peppers, and really makes this dish!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 stuffed peppers
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Stuffed Peppers:

Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 1/2 cup onion and garlic, and cook until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped bell pepper, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, then season with salt, chili powder, sugar, black pepper, glove, and a bay leaf. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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  • While the sauce is simmering, microwave the peppers until tender, about 45 seconds. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat, and add ground beef. Cook and stir until browned and crumbly, then stir in 1/4 cup onion, and celery. Drain off grease. Cook another 5 minutes, then fold in the rice and Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • To assemble, stir about 1/2 cup of the Creole sauce into the beef mixture to moisten it. Stuff the peppers with the beef mixture, and place onto a 9x9 inch baking pan. Pour the remaining Creole sauce over the peppers.

  • Bake peppers, uncovered, until hot and beginning to brown, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

442 calories; protein 27.7g 55% DV; carbohydrates 41.5g 13% DV; fat 19.5g 30% DV; cholesterol 74.5mg 25% DV; sodium 1199mg 48% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2007
This came out really well. I prefer a bit more spice so I doubled the chili powder and the sugar and added a good amount of fresh ground black pepper. As I did not have cloves I added a sprinkling of cinnamon. And to make it a bit healthier I substituted lean ground turkey for the ground beef and used brown rice instead of white. I would definately make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/30/2008
The chili flavoring overtook the rest of the ingredients. Next time I'll use less. I wanted more tomato taste to it. Also the green peppers didn't soften in the micro at 45 seconds this needs to be adjusted to your own microwave. Read More
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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2007
This came out really well. I prefer a bit more spice so I doubled the chili powder and the sugar and added a good amount of fresh ground black pepper. As I did not have cloves I added a sprinkling of cinnamon. And to make it a bit healthier I substituted lean ground turkey for the ground beef and used brown rice instead of white. I would definately make this again. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2009
This was a great start for me. To the browned ground beef I added some chopped up green pepper and mushrooms. With the sauce I used two cans of tomato sauce extra garlic chili powder and black pepper. Then I also added heavy cream Tabasco cayenne pepper and thyme. Yum-O!!!!!!! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2008
This was exceptionally good. The spices were wonderful. I would make extra "sauce" next time and when the peppers are done I would cut them in half and spoon the sauce over the top of the stuffed pepper. Read More
(13)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2010
This came out so well!! I used red peppers instead of green and the juices from the red peppers were so sweet and amazing. I substituted equal for sugar. I also added green olives and olive juice to the sauce for more flavor. I used fresh crushed tomatoes instead of canned tomato paste instead of tomato sauce and brown rice instead of white. I minced mushrooms in the sauce as well. I also added a cajun seasoning to the sauce. This recipe was amazing!! Thank you!! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2009
This is the definitive stuffed pepper recipe in my mind. When I've had stuffed peppers at restaurants they usually taste something like this recipe which is to say "spectacular." I had some leftover feta cheese which I sprinkled over the tops of the peppers for the last ten minutes of baking a superb garnish. I had plenty of leftover sauce which I will use for something else somewhere down the road. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2009
My family enjoyed this. I stuck to the recipe but added a bit more crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce because of other reviewers' comments that there wasn't enough sauce. There was just the right amount of chili powder and ground cloves; they weren't overpowering. I topped the peppers with some additional grated Parm before serving. Tip: if using converted rice (eg. Uncle Ben's ) you'll need to start with just under 1/2 cup of uncooked rice. Cook the rice while you're preparing the sauce then set aside to cool. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2009
Very time-consuming but very good. I agree with making more sauce; I had just enough to cover five small peppers but had another plate of the filling! Will work on portions but excellent dish! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/30/2008
The chili flavoring overtook the rest of the ingredients. Next time I'll use less. I wanted more tomato taste to it. Also the green peppers didn't soften in the micro at 45 seconds this needs to be adjusted to your own microwave. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2009
very nice! Read More
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