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Stuffed Peppers (with Hungarian influence)
Submitted by Evelyn Sinclair, Travel and Cruise Specialist at Canada One Travel
As with many recipes that get handed down from one generation to the next, family recipes may vary from one family the other or from region to region. With this recipe you can make adjustments to suite your own taste, whether you use just one type of ground meat or a combination or by using more or less spice and so on.
Here is my family’s version of Stuffed Peppers.
1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 ½ cups cooked white rice, the rice should be slightly undercooked and allowed to cool down
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
4 – 6 medium green bell peppers, the tops cut off (the stem end) and hollowed out
12 tablespoons margarine
12 tablespoons flour
1.36 litre tomato juice
3 tablespoons white sugar
In a large bowl combine ground meat, onion, rice, salt and white pepper. Mix well.
If you prefer a firmer meatball you can add 1 -2 eggs before mixing everything together and set aside while making the sauce.
For the sauce: use a large pot over medium heat. Add the margarine and when it has melted and starts to bubble add the flour all at once. Stir using a whisk to blend the melted margarine and flour. Continue stirring until mixture has lightly browned. While constantly stirring with the whisk slowly pour in the tomato juice. Stir to eliminate any lumps. Add sugar and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.
Stuff each pepper with the meat mixture. If you have any meat mixture remaining make large meatballs, set aside.
In a medium size roasting pan put enough of the sauce to cover the bottom of the pan and add the peppers so they are standing up. Put any meatballs into the pan placing them between the peppers. Try not to over crowd the pan. Finish by slowly pouring the rest of the sauce over and around the stuffed peppers and meatballs. You may have to gently move the peppers and meatballs a bit so they are not touching the sides of the pan. Put the lid on the pan before putting it in the oven.
Bake for 45 – 60 minutes in a 350 F oven.
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