Author Jean Morrison
Stuffed Capsicum Peppers
My sister Pauline invented this recipe. It is quite a substantial meal when served with salad or cooked vegetables.
Preparation time: 50 minutes plus cooling time
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Quantity: 6 - 8
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5 very large red capsicums (sweet peppers)
500 gm (1 pound) beef mince
1 large onion chopped
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon Bonox
2 teaspoons stock powder
6 heaped tablespoons rice
2 cups boiling water
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups grated cheese
Extra grated cheese, optional
Cook mince, onion and garlic together in a pan till browned for 15 - 20 minutes.
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Add Bonox, stock powder, rice and water to the saucepan. Cook gently on low heat, with lid on pan, until rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed. This will take about 25 minutes. Add salt and pepper if liked.
Put mixture aide to cool slightly. Add grated cheese to the mixture and stir well.
Cut capsicums in half and carefully remove the seeds and stem sections. Pack the meat mixture into the capsicums. Very carefully cut the filled capsicum halves lengthwise into two sections. Place on lined baking tray, skin side down.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius (about 360 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 30 minutes. Optional - sprinkle on a little extra grated cheese and return to oven until cheese has melted.
Serves 6 - 8
Bonox is concentrated beef extract.
Capsicums are from the nightshade family. They originated in Central and South America. They come in an amazing array of colours from bright red, yellows, oranges, purples and greens. Capsicums can be eaten in their raw form or they can be cooked. They range from very mild spiciness to extremely hot! Most species of capsicums contain capsaicin which is the chemical that causes the hot burning sensation when they are eaten. they are good sources of vitamin C.
Garlic is a "wonder" food. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties. It has been found to lower blood cholesterol, to boost the immune system, to lift one's mood and to create a calming effect. It is thought to have originated in central Asia. Garlic can exaggerate the effects of drugs used to combat high blood pressure so be careful. If your breath smells strongly of garlic try chewing on parsley.
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