Stuffed Bell Peppers:
5 medium bell peppers
3 tablespoons butter, divided
2/3 cups each chopped green onion, bell pepper and celery
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 pound medium white shrimp, shelled and deveined
8 ounces of lump or claw crab meat
1/4 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil on the stove. Slice the peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Boil the peppers until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain and reserve 1 1/2 cups of the cooking water. Arrange the peppers in a baking dish, cut side up, and set aside.
In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat and saute the onion, bell pepper and celery until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic. Add the ground beef and Old Bay seasoning. Cook until the meat is brown, stirring to break up the lumps. Remove from heat and drain the fat. Return the mixture to the heat, and add the parsley, cayenne pepper, Parmesan cheese and reserved water.
Cook mixture over medium heat until the liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and season with additional Old Bay, if desired. Cook until the shrimp turn pink, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the crab meat and stir lightly.
Stuff the pepper halves with the meat mixture. Sprinkle lightly with the bread crumbs. Dot the tops with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
here are a couple of pics from the last time i made it:
This post was edited on 11/15 at 4:41 pm