This is such a great dinner to fill the family, but it is also great to entertain with. You can make it ahead and bake before serving. This is a recipe from Lidia Bastianich. I changed it a little, not because it needed it, but because my family eats a lot! And I simplified it a little, I think…
12 oz. bag Arborio Rice(you can use white long grain rice if that’s what you have)
8 Cubanella or banana peppers(if you can’t find them you can use sweet bell peppers, but these taste so good)
1 yellow onion chopped
about 2 pounds of meatloaf mix(I use ground chuck and pork)
1 large egg
1/3 cup of grated cheese
a big handful of Italian parsley
2 tsp. of dried oregano
28 oz. can of tomato sauce
You can do all the prep work ahead of time and bake when ready!
Cook the rice in salted water for about 12 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
Cut the stems from the peppers and scrape out the seeds. Wash and pat dry.
Brush the outside of the peppers with olive oil and roast on 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, turning them over halfway through.
In a medium skillet brown the meat over medium heat. Drain and set aside.
In the same skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir in the onion until wilted. Scrape the onion in to a large bowl.
Add the meat to the large bowl.
Add as much rice as you prefer to the meat and onion.
Add chopped parsley, oregano, egg and cheese. Stir.
Divide the filling among the peppers. Place them in a baking dish. You will have a lot extra of the meat and rice mixture. Fill the extra space in the baking dish with the meat and rice. I do this because my kids don’t eat the peppers, only the filling.
Pour the tomato sauce over all the peppers and meat. I use a lot, because we like it like that. Use as much as you would like.
Cover the dish with foil and bake until it is hot and bubbly. About 30-40 minutes.
I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic.
Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet.
Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky.
Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb....
I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way...
My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol
Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week.
The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!
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