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Dolmas

No recipe image available.This colorful and tasty version of dolmas, stuffed vegetables, uses red bell pepper 'cups' and an aromatic filling make with ground beef or lamb and rice.

Recipe Ingredients:

4 red bell peppers (or green, orange, yellow, etc.)

Stuffing:
2 cups cooked rice
1 pound lean ground beef or lamb
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)
1 large egg, beaten

Sauce:
1 (14.5-ounce) can peeled whole tomatoes (undrained), chopped
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; remove stems, seeds and ribs. Set aside.
  2. Stuffing: Combine rice, beef, onion, parsley, salt, black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and egg in large bowl. Press stuffing into pepper halves, rounding mixture on top.
  3. Sauce: Blend tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, black pepper and red pepper in large skillet. Place peppers in sauce, stuffing side up. Bring sauce to a boil; simmer, covered, 30 to 40 minutes, or until meat is cooked.
  4. Remove stuffed peppers from sauce with slotted spoon. Reduce sauce, if necessary; pour over peppers.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of USA Rice Federation.