Monday, July 4, 2011

Stuffed Bell Peppers and Non-Traditional Potato Salad by Melissa

I was trying to find a fun recipe for me and the hubs to try while the kids are gone to their Dad's and we decided to try stuffed bell peppers. We've done stuffed everything else, so, why not?

1 box Zatarrain's dirty rice - prepared. We used ground venison, but you can use ground beef, sausage, or turkey! All are very yummy!
1 onion
garlic salt, pepper, chili powder - whatever seasoning you like - taste as you go.
1 can rotel tomatoes
2 tbsp. olive oil
6 green bell peppers

Heat the oil in a small skillet on medium high heat. Meanwhile, dice the onion. Once the oil is warm, saute the onion until translucent. I like to let them get a little brown. Drain the oil and then dump the onions into the prepared dirty rice. Add the can of rotel and season to your liking. We added more chili powder for a spicy flavor.

Cut the top of the bell peppers off, keeping the tops. Rough cut the insides out - it doesn't have to be perfect. Stuff the bell peppers with the rice mixture. I squished mine down tight to make sure they were really stuffed. Lay the tops on.

Grill the bell peppers over indirect heat for about 15-20 minutes. Once the skin gets a little wrinkly and soft, they are done. Keep a close eye; you don't want them to get squishy.

You can serve them with some chopped cilantro on top and/or a dollop of sour cream! SOOO YUMMY!!

Melissa's Potato Salad
Okay I didn't do this but I learned that you should from making this... PEEL the potatoes!!

6 medium russet potatoes - quartered, PEELED, boiled about 20 minutes, and drained
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2-3 chopped green onions
2-3 chopped sprigs of mint
seasonings - again, whatever you like. I used about 2 tsp each of garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, and a few dashes of cayenne pepper.

Mix the sour cream and mayonnaise with a splash of milk so it isn't so thick. When its really thick, it mashes the potatoes and we want to keep them cubed. Add the seasonings to the sour cream and mayo mixture. Stir into the potatoes. Top with onions and mint and give it a quick toss.

This is one of the best dinners I've ever made! And it was fun! I hope you try it!!


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