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    Stuffed Green Peppers

    Is it necessary to blanch/boil the green peppers before stuffing them?

    (The stuffing will be rice, hamburger, onion, tomatoes, and seasonings.)

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    Depends on how long you have to cook them. I don’t blanch mine but put them in the oven in a covered casserole dish until tender.

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    I blanch mine for a few minutes before I stuff them, it seems to make them tender
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    If I'm cooking them in a crockpot for hours I don't blanch mine. But if I'm doing it the normal way in an oven, yes I definitely blanch them. Otherwise they can be bitter and my DH doesn't like that--- as I found out the hard way, lol!
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    My husband always made those and I would eat the stuffing and leave him the pepper!

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    No blanching when I have stuffed peppers.
    They cook just fine on their own, so I don't see why you would need/want to blanche them.
    Besides, they are quite edible raw, so not like you have the concern that they must be cooked.

    Honestly, I would use the other colours of peppers ...
    .... much nicer tasting than the greens, and prettier too.
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    I don't blanch the peppers either. They cook fine in the oven. I do pre-cook the rice for the stuffing mixture though and use red peppers for them.

    Yum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    No blanching when I have stuffed peppers.
    They cook just fine on their own, so I don't see why you would need/want to blanche them.
    Besides, they are quite edible raw, so not like you have the concern that they must be cooked.

    Honestly, I would use the other colours of peppers ...
    .... much nicer tasting than the greens, and prettier too.
    Because it's green peppers that DH brought in from the garden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Because it's green peppers that DH brought in from the garden.
    ha!
    ...... greens work, but whether raw or cooked, they never taste as nice IMHO as the coloured ones.
    Almost bitter whereas the coloured ones have that nice sweetness to them.

    Enjoy your stuffed peppers!
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    I never have, but I do cook mine for quite a while.
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    I have never tasted a bitter green pepper. I did blanch last time I made them. I am thinking next time I would just cut them up and cook all the ingredients together. I don't know if it will taste the same. Will probably be this fall.
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    I never blanch mine and they cook just fine in the oven,,Enjoy you're Stuff Peppers Blessings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have never tasted a bitter green pepper. I did blanch last time I made them. I am thinking next time I would just cut them up and cook all the ingredients together. I don't know if it will taste the same. Will probably be this fall.
    Did that last year - Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole - tastes like Stuffed Peppers. Either chop up the peppers or layer bigger slices with the regular filling. Cover tightly and bake, remove cover last few minutes and top with cheese... Yummy! My favourite aunt used to make Stuffed Peppers and it made me think of her.
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    I don't blanche mine but then I don't mind them a little crunchy. I even cheat on the filling, Zatarain's has a frozen rice entree in the grocery store that I thaw and use to stuff. It has better flavor than mine and lots of sausage. After I add cheese of course. None the wiser.

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    I put cayenne in the "stuffing" instead of chili powder. Fortunately, I did not put that much in the batch!

    It was tasting "hotter than usual" - and it ended up being edible - but I did not realize that I had used cayenne instead of chili powder until I was clearing my counter.

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    I have never blanched mine, I use onions, tomato sauce, seasoning and hamburger meat, no rice when I stuff mine, place them in an 8x10 pan with water in the bottom of the pan and cook them for an hour or so. I love raw green peppers sliced and salted, also in a salad. I have never tried chili powder in the mix will have to try that and also SuzyQ's casserole.

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    Stuffed peppers

    I have made them with red peppers and use tomato soup for the sauce. We liked them.

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    I'm not crazy about green peppers but love red and banana peppers. However, they are the one food that doesn't agree with me. But I can't resist them.

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    I don't blanch. I cook the rice, meat, onions and garlic with tomatoes in a big pan. Add grated cheese and stuff the raw peppers. Microwave them as I need them they come out great. But I don't like the peppers over cooked.
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    I bought them from Costco in their ready to cook foods. Red, yellow, and orange. They are sooo good! I grew up on the green ones and have never liked them!

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    I never blanched them, learned from my mom-she never did either. She put them in a soup kettle covered with tomato sauce and saurkraut. let it simmer all day. i use a crockpot for mine

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    Stuffed Green Peppers bring back great memories of when my husband and I were first married and living on a student budget. Stuffed peppers were part of the meal rotation on our $10/week grocery budget. We call them Neverending Stuffed Peppers because invariably I would have more stuffing than peppers and end up putting it in the freezer. Then I'd have to extend the stuffing to use for the next time, ending up again with waaaay more stuffing than I could use for that meal. Forty years later, the hubby still won't eat stuffed peppers. Or pork steaks in mushroom sauce.
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