Stuffed Peppers: A satisfying end to the harvest year

This past weekend I finished harvesting the last produce from our garden and ended up with a huge mixing bowl full of green peppers.  My plant had a rough start to the season, so the peppers I was coaxing each day to turn red weren’t going to make it before our next heavy frost.  So despite my ambivalence towards green peppers, I decided to cook something, anything, with the last harvest of my garden.

Inventory of Last Harvest

  • A ton of green peppers
  • A handful of tomatoes
  • A smattering of onions

Solution: Stuffed Peppers

This was the perfect recipe for our final harvest and it hit the spot on such a blustery, cool Fall day.  Most of the ingredients I used were from our farm (except the cheese, rice, and garlic), which is always gratifying.


  • 1 onion
  • Garlic clove to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 2 hot peppers (Hungarian wax)
  • 2 fresh tomatoes
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • Parsley  to taste
  • Basil to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 TB Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 cups rice
  • Tomato sauce (1 32 oz jar)
  • 8 Green peppers
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Here is what I did:

  • Sauté chopped onions and garlic in olive oil until tender.
  • Mix in chopped hot peppers  and diced tomato and sauté for a minute.
  • Add hamburger and brown.
  • Toss in seasonings and add Worchestershire sauce.
  • Meanwhile, cook 2 cup rice in rice cooker or on the stove.
  • Add tomato sauce to meat mixture and let simmer to mix flavors.
  • Add rice to the meat mixture.
  • Cut green peppers in half.
  • Put a thin layer of rice on the bottom of your baking dish.* 
  • Place green peppers across baking dish.
  • Fill peppers with filling and fill rice in cracks around peppers.
  • Drizzle tomato sauce over the top of your stuffed peppers
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Remove from oven and top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.  Bake for an additional 10 minutes.

*We like our stuffed peppers more like a casserole than individual stuffed peppers.  You can skip this step if you like the peppers stuffed without additional filling.


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