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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stuffed Peppers

Last week I had a vision - I wanted to stuff something... LOL.

I had some leftover Zatarain's Dirty Rice in the freezer that I wanted to use - so I started looking around for what I could stuff it in.  I found that people use meat and rice mixtures to stuff into peppers all the time - so I just looked up what temperature they do it at and for how long -

Pre-heat your oven to 325°
Start with your peppers cleaned out and washed - then just pack tightly with the dirty rice mixture.  Mind you the week prior I prepared this dirty rice mixture using the box directions - which is a crucial step, don't just assume you can take raw beef and the box of uncooked rice and it'll work.
I placed mine in a square baking dish to assure they remained upright while cooking

One hour later - you have dinner!  It really is the easiest way to get a good quick meal and reuse some leftovers!

It was the end of my work week, so I also made myself a cocktail:

Passion Fruit Vodka (report on it from the anniversary post: it smells JUST like passion fruit, and at first sip, it tastes like it too.. then you feel the burn of the vodka and nothing else matter at that point), fresh mint, lime, and soda water.  I didn't have a muddler at the time of making this drink (do now!) so I just cut up the mint to try and release some flavor - it was an okay drink - I'm going to try it again by muddling the lime and mint before adding the vodka and soda.  It's a good alternative to drinking things FULL of sugar - I usually enjoy a nice Weed and Lemonade cocktail on my weekends.


Smart Ass Sara said...

I have a muddler I've never used.. and I would have mailed it to you if you didn't have one. LOL. I got it at our wedding and I thought it was a strange gift considering we don't drink... clearly a regift. :)

I also stuff peppers with dips. You can make pretty much any kind of warm dip in a pepper then it just looks nice at a party too.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Mmm that cocktail sounds AMAZING!

Claire said...

that looks like the perfect summer drink! if only it wasn't raining outside....

Dana Leigh said...

I really want to try that vodka! I can't do stuffed peppers. We had those when I was a kid a lot and I hated them and it's about the only thing I still hate from back in the day. I like how you used red peppers though!

JerseySjov said...

there's a recipe for mexican stuffed peppers from food network mag that i've been dying to try, but it's pretty labor intensive...i like your easy method way better!


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