Don’t you just love getting a 2-fer? I’ll sometimes go for this even when it was not actually on my list of things to get. It’s an impulse buy that is hard to walk away from.
It’s kinda that way with leftovers. I think I’ve become the Queen of Leftovers. There are only two of us that I cook for regularly. It is very difficult for me to “Cook for Two” without leftovers just because there is a certain economy of scale that comes into play when you fix for more people – especially the TIME involved. It takes just about as much time to prepare and cook two yellow squash as it does five or six! Then, I can fix squash casserole, squash and potato cakes, throw in the leftover squash to a stew or just have plain squash leftovers.
(Sorry for all the squash talk – I know several people that don’t care for squash at all. Weirdness abounds.)
Today’s post is a “2-fer”. Fer YOU! And it all starts with just a pound of ground round, or sirloin, or chuck, or angus. Whatever you want your ground beef to be. It’s all up to you. And both of these are delightfully easy and delicious and very satisfying.
My husband is NOT a bell pepper fan – except when I make Tasty Stuffed Peppers. Then he loves them, but not more than about three times a year. When I made them the other day, they were exceptionally good. I changed things up – as I am prone to do – but this time I actually wrote down what I did.
AND I took a picture. See, I’m getting better at this. Although I did forget to take a pic of the actual finished product.
Such is life.
I started out to make four and one of the bell peppers was not looking too good on the inside when I cut it open, so it got trashed. Now we have three. Still, plenty for the two of us. I ate the third one the next day for lunch. These babies are packed!
I only used one-half of the Ground Beef Mixture for the Stuffed Bell Peppers. The other half made my now famous – or infamous – Loose Meat Sliders! YUM!
We’ll start with the Stuffed Bell Peppers and work our way to the Sliders.
Ground Beef Mixture
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 medium Onion, diced
1 Tbsp Red Chile powder
1 Tbsp minced Garlic, fresh
Put fresh ground meat into frying pan along with all other ingredients and cook meat until browned. Drain fat if necessary.
Tasty Stuffed Peppers
4 Green Bell Peppers (HINT: there are some that have 3 “points” on the bottom and some that have 4. Get the ones with 4. They will “sit down” flatter and won’t be rolling around.)
1/2 pound Ground Beef Mixture (see recipe above)
1 1/2 cups cooked Royal Blend rice (LOVE this stuff! or any rice you want)
1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
7-8 pieces Sundried Tomatoes in olive oil, chopped
1 large Spring Onion, chopped (or 3-4 scallions)
3 Tbsp Tomato Paste (I love the paste in a tube. Keeps me from opening a whole can.)
2 Tbsp sliced Black Olives
1 tsp. Cumin
Cut the tops off the peppers, just below the stem indentation. Take seeds out of the bottom and discard. I always save the top part around the stem and cut it off for salads and other dishes later. More leftovers.
Rinse peppers thoroughly and place in a small microwavable baking dish, open side up. Microwave on high for about 4 minutes, or until slightly steamed. This takes the place of having to parboil them in a big pot of water. I’m too hot-natured for all that heat! Or is that cold-natured? I don’t know. I just can’t take the heat.
While the peppers are in the microwave, mix all the remaining ingredients, except for 1/4 cup of the cheese, in a large mixing bowl. Incorporate well.
Remove peppers from microwave and stuff with your ground beef filling. Top with remaining cheese and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Serve with sauteed yellow squash.
OK, now for the leftover Ground Beef Mixture.
Loose Meat Sliders
1/2 lb Ground Beef Mixture
8-10 slider-sized Hamburger Buns (regular just plain “small” buns will make about 5-6 loose meat sliders)
1 thinly sliced Spring Onion or 4-5 scallions
Dill pickle chips
Cheddar Cheese slices
Mustard and Ketchup to taste
Heat the Ground Beef Mixture in the microwave, covered, for about 3-4 minutes
Place a scoop of Ground Beef Mixture on each slider bun bottom. Top with mustard, pickle and cheese. Ketchup if you want. Oh, and these are great for party appetizers!
Serve with baked squash slices.
Can’t help it.
Actually, as you can see, we had some juicy, sweet fresh cantaloupe with our sliders.
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