This week's overabundance in my CSA basket is sweet red peppers - lucky me! One of DH's favorite dishes is Cooks Illustrated stuffed peppers which I make with soy crumbles instead of beef. I'd like to make a batch of them and freeze them. Other than the cheese maybe getting a little rubbery, does it seem like these would freeze well?
Stuffed Bell Peppers
4 medium peppers -- red, yellow or orange
1/2 cups long grain white rice, uncooked
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion -- chopped fine, about 1 cup
12 ounces ground chuck
3 medium garlic cloves
1 (14 1/2 ounce)can diced tomatoes -- drained, 1/2 cup juice reserved
1 1/4 cups Monterey jack or cheddar cheese -- shredded
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves -- chopped
1/4 cup ketchup
Trim 1/2 inch of tops of peppers, discard cores and seeds. Bring 4 quarts
water to boil in large stockpot over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt and
bell peppers. Cook until peppers just begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
Using slotted spoon, remove peppers from pot, drain off excess water, and
place peppers cut-sides up on paper towels. Return water to boil; add
rice and boil until tender, about 13 minutes. Drain rice and transfer to
large bowl. Set aside.
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, heat oil over medium high heat in heavy skillet. Add onion and
cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, about
5 minutes. Add beef and cook, breaking beef into small pieces with
spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook
until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to bowl with rice,
stir in tomatoes, 1 cup cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.
Stir together ketchup and reserved tomato juice in small bowl.
Place peppers cut-side up in 9 inch square baking dish. Divide filling
evenly among peppers. Spoon 2 tablespoons ketchup mixture over each
filled pepper and Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of remaining cheese.
Bake until cheese is browned and filling is heated through, 25 - 30
minutes. Serve immediately.