Beef Stroganoff Stuffed Peppers; Dogs 1, Bunnies 0

Traditional stuffed pepper recipes have one boiling the pepper halves in a large pot of water for 5 minutes (or so) before filling.

This is the preferred method if the filling is going to be tomato based and topped with cheese but there is an easier way if the peppers are going to be finished with a sauce – like Stuffed Peppers, Oriental Style.

And like these…. Just fill the raw pepper and put it back in the skillet with the base liquid for the sauce. Cover and cook.

We like easy,

We also like almost anything finished with a creamy yogurt sauce. (Some of you may use sour cream but we don’t get that here – and I like yogurt better anyway, so there!)

if all the filling doesn’t fit in the peppers, keep warm and serve on the side. (Or eat it…)

Beef Stroganoff Stuffed Peppers

Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8oz (240gr) ground beef 
  • 2 peppers, cut in half, cleaned
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4oz (120g) mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs maizena (cornstarch)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) beef broth
  • 1/2 cup (3.5oz, 100gr) brown or regular Basmati
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef broth
  • Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) beef broth
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) beef broth
  • 2 tbs maizena (cornstarch) dissolved in 3 tbs water
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek yogurt

Beef Stroganoff Stuffed Peppers

Instructions:

  • Cook rice in broth until done, about 15 minutes, or according to package directions.
  • In medium skillet (large enough to hold the pepper halves) heat oil over medium heat. 
  • Add garlic, celery and onion, sauté until tender, 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, beef, and sauté until beef is cooked through breaking it up as it cooks.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the 1/2 cup beef broth. Add to skillet along with the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. 
  • Heat, stirring, until it thickens.
  • Add rice and stir well.
  • Remove from heat and spoon mixture into the pepper halves.
  • Put pepper halves back into the skillet, add remaining beef broth and sherry.
  • Cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Remove peppers and turn heat up under skillet.
  • Stir in cornstarch until sauce is thick.
  • Remove from heat and stir in yogurt.
  • Spoon sauce over peppers and serve.

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My dogs have been having a hard time adjusting to turning the clocks back this fall. They’re not clock-watchers (they don’t even wear watches). They are pestering me for dinner an hour earlier than usual, going to bed earlier than usual and sleeping later.

Plus the weather has turned cold so the doors aren’t standing open all day long.

That means they can’t go running outside every time they hear a noise. They stay inside and sleep all day. At night they’re wide awake and wanting to go outside and bark at the moon.

That is a long set-up for the events of last night….

I let them out at their usual time after they ate. Usually they’re barking at the door to come in about 10 minutes later.

They weren’t.

Nor were they 20 minutes later.

I went out and called them.

Nothing.

I turned the lights on (it was after dark), grabbed my coat and went out to find them. They were sitting in the middle of the yard, ignoring me.

I called.

They ignored.

Finally I yelled loudly (really loudly) and they came over and we went inside.

Five minutes later Bonnie was at the door to go out. She had been eating grass earlier so, thinking she was going to be sick, I let them out.

They didn’t bark. They always bark at night. They were quiet.

About 15 minutes later I called for them to come in.

And I called and called and called.

Finally, they slowly came to the door and came in.

Five minutes later Bonnie was at the door to go out.

This whole routine repeated itself, ad nauseum, the rest of the evening.

The last time I went out to get them they were both lying right in front of the door but they wouldn’t get up to come in. After much yelling they finally came inside.

I was starting to worry.

I needn’t have….

It all became crystal clear when I opened the door to let them out this morning – in the daylight.

There was a dead rabbit on the doorstep.

It was a very soggy rabbit, somewhat the worse for being played with last night, but no actual damage had been done. Obviously they had been guarding it carefully, waiting for it to wake up and run and play again.

Fortunately, for me, they have yet to figure out that bunnies are food.I don’t think I could have handled a half-eaten bunny before coffee (or ever).

They were looking rather proud of themselves as they inspected it this morning, giving it a little nose-nudge for my benefit.

Last update on November 8, 2017


4 thoughts on “Beef Stroganoff Stuffed Peppers; Dogs 1, Bunnies 0”

  1. Rather like my cat, Mini, who caught a gopher and brought it in to play with. Eek! I whisked it away before she could even think about eating it.

  2. Awwww…poor bun! I say that because Daughter #2 has had several buns as pets and my Dobes are very fond of them all. Not to eat or really to even play hard with, but to nuzzle and clean and curl up with. I know, it’s odd. I must say though that your dogs sound exactly like mine with the time change. It takes me a good two weeks and the dogs about the same amount of time. I really wish they’d just leave the clocks alone…

    • They only chase them if they run…. They ignore them if they sit still. Sadly, bunnies die easily and a good chase often ends up with a dead bunny. Once they’ve been dead awhile Bonnie decides they’re food. Yuck!

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