This delicious Stuffed green peppers recipe make a great feezer meal. Use bell peppers stuffed with a mix of elk or beef, tomato soup and rice. Easy convenient, and delicious.
Prepare the meat mixture.
Brown meat, onion, garlic. Add salt, chili powder, pepper and soup. Heat until heated through.
Add the cheese, mixing until heated through. Next stir in the rice. Set aside to cool.
Prepare the peppers.
Cut tops off the peppers. Scoop out seeds.
Peppers do not need to be blanched before freezing so blanching the peppers is a step that could be skipped if you really did not want to do it. But when I make this stuffed green peppers recipe I blanch them. It has always worked well for me. I figure if it aint broke don't fix it. Thus, I choose to include the blanching directions.
Blanch the bottoms of the peppers for 3 minutes in boiling water. Then plunge into cold water to cool quickly. Allow the peppers to remain in the cold water for 3 minutes. Drain well and place these in a cake pan or other tray so they sit upright ready to be filled with meat mixture.
The tops of the peppers can either be blanched and saved to place on top of the stuffed pepper or chopped and added to the meat mixture when you brown it. It is your choice. I actually often will chop them just to save in the freezer for another purpose.
Now stuff the peppers with the meat mixture.
Fill them up and place the tops back on them if you choose. Any kind of a spoon will work but I like to work with my large cookie scoop
Wrap each pepper with plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Seal the bags with the contents and date. Place in the freezer!
To serve the peppers simply remove the number you need and unwrap them. Place in an oven proof pan and cover with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 -45 minutes or until heated through. If you take them out of the freezer early and partially thaw them first, they will heat a bit faster so be sure and keep an eye on them.
This makes an easy quick and healthy meal.
I've even taken one out for my own lunch and simply heat it in the microwave. I like them better cooked from the oven but in a pinch the microwave works too.
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