GRANDMA’S KITCHEN—I was a very picky eater when I was younger. The only thing I would stick into my five-year-old mouth was Chipotle and my grandmother’s food, but I was still skeptical about it. I had no idea what she did in the kitchen. I also didn’t really like vegetables that much, so the idea of a stuffed pepper wasn’t very appetizing. I knew I wouldn’t stand a chance with debating against my Albanian grandma, but it was worth a shot. After a lot of persuasion from her, I finally agreed to try. I felt like I was on those anime-cooking shows like “Food Wars;” the spicy smell turned into a tornado and engulfed me with its taste.
It was delicious! I couldn’t believe how good it tasted! With the perfectly cooked rice and ground beef, it was literally the best thing I ever had. So now, I am passing this mouth-watering recipe down to you!
- Rice (any kind except forbidden rice)
- Ground Beef ( if you are vegetarian, substitute for veggie of choice)
- Bell Peppers (serving size: 1 per person)
- Seasoning (your choice but preferably turmeric, garlic powder, salt and Vegeta)
- Sides (optional if you’re hungry 😋)
- Traditional Albanian Kos (basically homemade Greek yogurt)
- Make sure when you cut the top of the pepper off, cut straight!
- Use different colored bell peppers to make it look interesting.
- Wash peppers and set to the side.
- Pour rice, water, and seasoning into pan or pot and cook half way through
- While rice is cooking, heat oil in a pan. Add meat and seasoning, using a spoon to grind the meat as it cooks.
- When finished, turn off heat and let it sit for about seven minutes.
- Cut peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out core and seeds.
- Add 2-3 scoops of rice and 2-3 scoops of meat to each hollowed-out pepper half.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Plate peppers, sides, and kos.
- Enjoy 😊