Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stuffed Pepper Mini Meatloaves

I love the filling in stuffed peppers, but I never eat the actual pepper.  This was my way of still having the stuffed pepper flavor, but not wasting the pepper.

Makes about 16 mini meatloaves.

  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package Zatarain's Dirty Rice (cooked acoording to package directions, without the ground beef)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Cook your rice the night before if possible -- it takes about 30 minutes, so it's nice to not have to do that the night that you plan to bake your mini meatloaves.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Throw the peppers, onion, tomatoes, ground beef, and rice in a large bowl and mix until well combined.
  4. Spray a regular size muffin pan with cooking spray.
  5. Fill each muffin hole with the beef mixture.  Pack it in - they will shrink as they cook.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Top each with some cheese.
  8. Bake for 10 more minutes.
  9. Serve with a big green salad  -- I even broke up the loaves and mixed them into my salad.

My review:  This was an idea I had when my peppers didn't look very pretty, and when I remembered that I don't even like the pepper part of stuffed peppers.  I loved this.  It was pretty spicy, and if your family doesn't like much spice, then you may want to just use 2 cups of regular white or brown rice.