Pork Meatloaf Stuffed Green Bell Peppers

Pork Meatloaf Stuffed Green Bell Peppers, mc2creativeliving.com

In my latest attempt to forget this dreadful weather, (will this cold and wet weather ever stop??????)  I was searching my pantry and refrigerator for ingredients to make a meatloaf, cause, you know, I was in need of comfort food.

Pork Meatloaf Stuffed Green Bell Peppers, mc2creativeliving.com

I came across this bag of green bell peppers that I had bought a few days ago and forgot in the back of the fridge (yes that happens to all of us). Luckily, the green bell peppers were still fresh, but I felt I had to use them now before they spoiled.

Pork Meatloaf Stuffed Green Bell Peppers, mc2creativeliving.com

Pork Meatloaf Stuffed Green Bell Peppers, mc2creativeliving.com

I was still craving my meatloaf, so I came up with the idea to make little meatloaves inside the green bell peppers. The best of both worlds! Is it a meatloaf or a stuffed bell pepper? It’s both! Normally when making stuffed bell peppers, I would cook the stuffing separately, but since I was making meatloaf stuffed bell peppers, I’ve cooked the actual stuffing inside the bell peppers.

Pork Meatloaf Stuffed Green Bell Peppers, mc2creativeliving.com

Pork Meatloaf Stuffed Green Bell Peppers, mc2creativeliving.com

I mixed all my ingredients for the meatloaf, stuffed the peppers, spooned a little bit of sauce on top (like I would normally do with regular meatloaf) and baked it in the oven until fully cooked. I have used ground pork but you can substitute for ground beef or even ground turkey. I served these pork meatloaf stuffed green bell peppers with creamy mashed potatoes.

Pork Meatloaf Stuffed Green Bell Peppers, mc2creativeliving.com

Pork Meatloaf Stuffed Green Bell Peppers
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6 bell peppers
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Ingredients
  • 6 green bell peppers
  • FOR THE STUFFING:
  • 1 lbs of ground pork
  • 1/4 cup of uncooked rice
  • 1 small onion (finely diced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp of dry parsley
  • 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup of vegetable cocktail ( I use V-8 ) can be substituted with tomato juice
  • 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • Black pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Directions:
  2. Cut out the tops of the bell peppers, remove seeds and white membrane, then set aside.
  3. FOR THE STUFFING:
  4. In a bowl mix all of the ingredients for the stuffing.
  5. Fill each green bell pepper with the meat stuffing and reserve.
  6. FOR THE SAUCE:
  7. In your baking dish, mix all of the ingredients for the sauce.
  8. Spoon 1 tbsp of the sauce into each bell pepper on top of the meat stuffing.
  9. Place the tops of the bell peppers back on each of them.
  10. Place the peppers in the sauce in the baking dish.
  11. Cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 375 for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  12. Uncover and continue baking for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature of the peppers reaches 160 F.

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