The transition from summer harvest to crisp fall walks would not be complete without this satisfying Stuffed Green Pepper Dinner. We love to use fresh from the garden green peppers, however, we do not always have our own to use. Beautifull plump green peppers from the farmers market or your local store will be perfect.
One of Jim’s favorite recipes and which has become one of the girls favorite recipe is his mother Grace Buonpane’s stuffed green pepper. Grace would make her stuffed green peppers every year when Guerin’s garden would provide a bumper crop of large dark green fresh peppers.
My Mother-in-laws recipe took hours on the stove and would heat up the whole kitchen. This new version in an electric pressure cooker is fast and just as flavorful. I know your family will love the homemade traditional taste, and you will love to be able to make dinner in no time. You can stuff the peppers the night before or even have them stuffed and in the freezer. Once all the ingredients are in the pressure cooker it only takes 40 minutes under pressure.
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Grace always cooked her peppers simmered in Campbell’s Tomato Soup and we have followed that tradition for years. However, if you would prefer to make the recipe healthier and cleaner you could make the same recipe by using canned tomato juice or just can tomatoes.
Because we are used to the taste of Grace’s stuff peppers, the tomato soup brings back those deep childhood memories for Jim and the memories of our early married life, eating at Jim’s family home.
Grace has always used ground beef in this recipe but you could substitute ground turkey if you are looking for a lighter leaner stuffed green pepper. For 8 to 10 stuffed peppers I use 2 pounds of ground beef and use 1cups of rice.
Uncooked rice is mixed in with the ground beef. The rice is mixed uncooked as it cooks beautifully in the tomato soup and water. Simple ingredients are added to the beef and rice, salt, pepper, and dried onion flakes (very fine chopped onion can be used also).
When mixing the meat mixture I use latex free plastic gloves.
I first wash the green peppers taking the stem off leaving as much pepper is possible but leaving a hole in the top to stuff.
If there is any leftover meat mixture I just make this extra into meatballs and put it right into the pot with the peppers.
When all the peppers are stuffed I put 3 to 4 regular size cans of Campbell’s Tomato Soup with enough water to make enough soup to cover the peppers in the pot. For the water, it is usually 1/2 can of water to each can of soup. All of your peppers need to be submerged in the liquid for proper cooking.
Heat the soup mixture to boiling, reduce it to simmer place a lid and let this simmer for 60 to 90 minutes. After 60 minutes I do take a temperature thermometer into the center of the largest pepper to make sure that the beef is cooked to 190°.
As this is a traditional depression era family dish, it is simply served in a bowl with one green pepper with lots of sauce salt-and-pepper to taste.
Electric Pressure Method
This year I have used my electric pressure cooker. I used 4 can of soup to 2 cans of water and securing the lid cooked for 40 minutes. Tasted just as good if not better. As we are all busy working women, you can get the traditional “stand over the stove” taste while being home with your family.
Try out some of these fun activities with the kids while your pressure cooker does the work and you teach and play with your family.
Family Learning Activities:
- Learning to write Practice
- Learning to write numbers Practice
- Table Manners for kids & building relationships
- First Words Flash Cards
- Fun Disney theme Math Flash Cards
- 8-10 Green or Red Peppers
- 2 Lbs Ground Beed
- 1 cup of rice
- 2 TLB dried Onion Flakes
- 3-4 Cans of Tomato Soup
- 2 cans of Water
- Salt and Pepper
- Cut the tops off the peppers
- Mix the ground beef, onion flakes, and rice, salt and pepper
- Stuff the peppers with the need picture
- Put 3 to 4 cans of soup in pot or pressure cooker, add 1 to 2 cans of water
- Put peppers in soup so that soup comes close to the top of the peppers
- Cook for 2 hours, or 40 minutes in the electric pressure cooker
- The electric pressure cooker works the best and it combines the flavors.