These stuffed peppers are like a warm blanket hugging me on a cold evening. They are my # 1 comfort food and very much needed now that temperatures are heading south. The thing is, that it's not just about eating these peppers, it's also about cooking them. My entire 350 or so square foot apartment is filled with the most delicious smell while these stuffed peppers are cooking. There's something about peppers, meat, and tomato sauce boiling together that makes such a sweet smell.
I've made this dish countless times and occasionally even forgot to add onion. I guess when you are too confident in your skill and knowledge you stop paying attention. Oh, yeah, I know how to make these so I'll just turn off my brain. At times, overconfidence can be as dangerous as low confidence.
The measurements are just a guideline so feel free to add more onion, less rice, more dill etc. I love the dill in this recipe so I don't suggest using parsley or another herb. In any case, don't forget the onion!
Romanian Stuffed Peppers
6 medium bell peppers -green or red. Pick bell peppers with a nice bell shape.
1.5 lbs ground meat, usually beef (I used 1 lb 90% ground beef, 0.25 lb 85% ground beef and 0.25 ground pork)
1/2 cup Arborio rice
1 medium yellow onion chopped
3/4 cup fresh chopped dill
15 oz can tomato sauce
Salt and freshly ground pepper to your liking
Flour to top the peppers
Wash the bell peppers. Cut around the stem of the bell pepper and remove all the seeds. You may want to blanch the peppers for a few minutes before stuffing them.
Mix together the meat, rice, onion, dill, salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons tomato sauce to the mix and 5 tablespoons of water. Mix well with your hands.
Stuff the peppers with the mixture but don't stuff them too tightly.
Top the stuffed peppers with about 1 tablespoon of flour to prevent the mix from escaping the peppers
Add the peppers to the pot. Add the tomato sauce and water until the stuffed peppers are almost covered. Boil on medium to medium high heat until cooked, about 1 hour.
Serve with bread and sour cream. Yummy! Enjoy! :)