Stuffed Peppers, Asian Style; a new feline friend

This will be the last of the stuffed pepper recipes for this season.

It’s not the last one I’ve made or will make, but it’s the last I’ll post. We love stuffed peppers but we only eat them for a few months in the fall.

We’re very seasonal.

This is another easy version that doesn’t require blanching the peppers first and the peppers are finished in the skillet rather than the oven.

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Stuffed Peppers, Asian Style

I used to make these with ground turkey but that’s not available here. Substitute it for the beef if you prefer.
Use a skillet that is large enough to hold the pepper halves in one layer. 

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Skillet Dinners


  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 tbs minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 (12oz, 360ml) cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbs cornstarch (corn flour, maizena)
  • Rice:
  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef broth


  • Cook rice in broth according to package directions, until done, usually, about 16 minutes
  • Cut peppers in half the long way (try to find the best flat sides before cutting so that they will lay nicely) and remove stem end and seeds. Set aside (do not blanch).
  • Sauté onion, celery and garlic over medium heat in large skillet.  
  • When onions start to become translucent add ginger, water chestnuts and meat.
  • Break meat up as it cooks.
  • When meat is cooked add 1 tbs soy sauce and 1/4 cup chicken broth to skillet.
  • Dissolve 1 tbs cornstarch in 1/4 cup chicken broth.
  • Add to the skillet and stir well, cooking until it thickens.
  • Add rice when rice is done, mix well.
  • Fill peppers with meat and rice (set on a plate while you work).
  • Once all peppers are filled using all of the beef and rice, put the peppers back into the same pan (filled side up, in one layer).
  • Pour remaining 1 cup of broth around peppers in skillet, cover, return to heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until peppers are tender.
  • Remove peppers.
  • Dissolve remaining 1 tbs cornstarch in remaining 1 tbs soy sauce (add 1 tbs water to make it easier).
  • Bring stock left in pan to a boil.
  • Add cornstarch mixture and stir, cooking until thick.  You have a sauce!
  • Serve peppers with sauce on the side.


Substitute 1/2 tsp powdered ginger for the fresh; and more celery for the water chestnuts.
If you have any of the beef and rice left after filling peppers (as always, depends on size of peppers) just remove from skillet, keep it warm and serve on the side.

Keywords: stuffed peppers, stuffed vegetables, peppers

Stuffed Peppers, Asian Style

Did I mention that we have a feral cat living near us?

It’s a pretty cat, jet black and sleek. it’s been getting bolder recently – sitting in the road in front of our house, watching us. Guapa has attempted to chase it a few times but she’s old and slow and, I’m assuming the cat is young, and I know it’s fast.

It’s the same cat that got trapped inside our fence last summer and Guapa chased up the tree.

Our rabbit population has been seriously diminished so I know it’s a successful hunter.

We like having it around.

I started to feed it.

I bought a little cat food when I went shopping last week. I put a bowl of food under the deck yesterday afternoon. I was wondering if / when he would find it and hoped the crows or magpies wouldn’t find it first. I looked after about half an hour….. The bowl was licked clean.

The cat found it.

I put more out today. When I looked out the window a bit later I saw the cat sitting in the sun cleaning his paws.

Guapa kindly donated one of her old beds. I made a ‘cat cave’ with it and put it next to the food. No sign that it’s been acknowledged, but I feel better. It’s been cold the last few nights.

We may have a solution to our mouse problem as well.

We’ve been assuming it’s feral…. it may be a stray or been abandoned. We may find out some day.

In the meantime – pandemic lock-down entertainment.

3 thoughts on “Stuffed Peppers, Asian Style; a new feline friend”

  1. I don’t know if you remember they styrofoam coolers they had around here that are slowly being phased out. There are organizations here who use those to make feral cat houses for the winter. There are a lot of plans on the interwebs on how to make them. Just something to consider.

    I have a couple cats that keep coming by. I don’t know if they’re feral or owned, but they spray the back of the house and I really can’t stand it anymore. I got a live trap with the intention of taking them to a rescue to be checked for a chip and if they didn’t have one, the rescue would find them a new home. One where they don’t get to roam about. So I put the trap out, baited it with a little tuna…I caught two raccoons! Or I caught one raccoon twice. So…trying to figure out something else now.

    • We used an Amazon box – he hasn’t gone near it yet. I don’t know if he is feral or abandoned. I have no idea if we will ever be able to get close, but he has come in the front yard a few times to stare at the house lol.
      The only raccoon I have seen on this side of the pond was in a zoo. We laughed so hard when we saw the ‘North American Raccoon’ exhibit I thought we would be asked to leave.

      • He might be using it at night and you don’t see him. Or it might smell too much like Guapa and he just won’t use it. Finicky. You made me laugh with the North American Raccoon Exhibit! I see them all the time on my Ring cameras here as well as flat on the side of the road, poor things.

        Makes me wonder how the raccoon got over there…

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