I remember standing on a chair learning to stir the pot as my grandmother instructed me in culinary arts. I was very fortunate to be the granddaughter of restaurateurs! For over 50 years I've been using the techniques my wonderful grandparents have taught me. The other day I created this recipe - I just threw together things I had in the cabinet and refrigerator. I have to say that these were the best stuffed peppers that I've ever eaten. I actually called my husband to see when he was coming home for dinner and decided to eat before he arrived. The aroma and flavor were amazing!
2Chop onion and saute in olive oil. Add rice, water and chicken boullion cube. Sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Cook till rice is tender. Then take off heat to let cool.
3While rice is cooking, in a large bowl pace ground beef.
4Chop zucchini, carrot, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 yellow pepper, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 green pepper and celery stalks. Add chopped vegetables to meat.
5Sprinkle meat and vegetables with the garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and basil. Add ketchup and cooled rice. Mix ingredients thoroughly and set bowl aside.
6Take 6 peppers and chop off the tops. Stuff peppers with the meat mixture. Glaze top of stuffed peppers with ketchup. Place in a 9 x 13 baking pan. Add 1/2 inch water to baking dish. Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.