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Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Jackolantern peppers

Sweet orange bell peppers are stuffed with an Italian flavored mix of beef, rice, mushrooms, and fire roasted tomato sauce, bringing a new twist to a traditional family favorite
Created By: Chef Becca Heflin  
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
4 Orange Bell Peppers
1 cup cooked rice (any variety)
1 Tablespoon olive oil plus additional for coating sheet pan.
1 pound 90% lean ground sirloin
1 medium yellow or white onion, diced small
8 ounces small fresh mushrooms, sliced
16 ounces (2 cups) roasted red pepper pasta sauce (I used Newman's Own)
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Use a sharp knife to slice the top off each bell pepper horizontally. Set tops aside (do not discard) Remove all seeds and membranes. Rinse and pat the peppers dry with paper toweling or a clean, soft cloth. Use a small paring knife to cut holes into the exterior of the peppers to make jack-o-lantern faces. If peppers don't stand upright, use the knife to slice a small amount from the bottom to flatten the surface.
  3. Cook rice according to package directions. As rice cooks, use olive oil or non-stick spray to lightly grease a small sheet pan. Arrange peppers and tops of peppers on pan and cook in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until peppers are cooked, but still are still firm (al dente). Remove peppers from oven and allow to cool while you make the filling.

FOR THE FILLING:

  • Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and mushrooms and saute for 3-4 minutes, or until mushrooms have softened and reduced in size. Increase heat to medium high. Add ground sirloin and spices to pan and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until no pink remains. Drain excess grease from pan, reduce heat to medium low, then add pasta sauce and cooked rice. Stir to combine and cook for 2-3 more minutes, or until mixture is heated through.
  • Prior to serving, fill each pepper with approximately 1 cup of mixture, over filling each pepper slightly. Place a top onto each stuffed pepper and serve with a big jack-o-lantern. SMILE!

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