July 11, 2010

STUFFED BELL PEPPERS WITH MEAT GRAVY


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□   8 Bell peppers, lg. for stuffing
□   3 tbsp. bacon grease
□   1 lb. ham cubes, chopped in food processor
□   1 c. Bell pepper, chopped
□   5 stalks celery, chopped
□   2 bunches green onions, chopped
□   1/2 c. elephant garlic, chopped
□   3 lbs. ground round or tip roast
□   2 lbs. med. shrimp, cleaned, chopped sm.
□   10 inch loaf French bread, soaked torn in sm. pieces
□   1/2 tsp. thyme leaves
□   1/2 tsp. oregano leaves
□   1/4 tsp. allspice
□   1/2 tsp. white pepper
□   1 tsp. salt
□   3 tbsp. olive oil
□   2 cans tomato sauce
□   1 can Cajun stewed tomatoes
□   3 cans water
□   Angel hair pasta
□   Parmesan cheese



Cut tops of Bell peppers off, clean out inside and wash. In very large pot filled with water, boil the Bell peppers for 20 minutes or until just tender- crisp. Do not over cook or the peppers will split up the sides. Drain peppers and set aside. In large deep saucepan, heat bacon grease. Add ham and cook for 5 minutes. Remove 2 tablespoons of Bell pepper, onion, celery, green pepper, onion, celery, green onions and garlic to ham and saute over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until vegetables are soft and tender. Add meat, thyme, oregano, allspice, pepper and salt and cook, stirring occasionally until meat is brown and breaks apart, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Add shrimp to mixture. Squeeze all water out of bread and tear into tiny pieces. Add this to mixture and stir well. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove 4 cups of meat mixture and set aside for gravy.

 Using remaining mixture, stuff Bell pepper sand place in a deep baking dish.Heat olive oil in deep saucepan and add Bell pepper, onion, celery, green onions and garlic which has been set aside. Saute until tender over medium heat. Add 4 cups meat mixture and stir well. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes and water. Cover, reduce heat to low-medium and cook for 30 minutes or until gravy becomes slightly thick. This gravy should not be as thick as regular red gravy. Pour gravy into baking dish with peppers. Make sure that you pour some of the gravy on top of each pepper. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 to 60 minutes or until Bell peppers are tender.

 To serve, place cooked angel hair pasta on plate. Spoon meat gravy onto pasta, place one pepper on individual plate with pasta and pass the Parmesan cheese.

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