Just in time for the healthy movement, I made these delicious Ukrainian all Beef Stuffed Peppers Recipe. It has everything that healthy diet is promoting: grains in the form of rice, protein in the form of beef and vegetables in the form of peppers, carrots, onions, etc.
Not that Ukrainians are advocating healthy diet because we don’t. But this recipe definitely falls under the wholesome food category. It is nutritious, light and healthy.
Usually, people think stuffed peppers are hard to make. In reality, all you need to do is mix rice, meat, and other ingredients. Make a tomato sauce. Stuff the peppers, and in about an hour you have a delicious and nutritious dinner. The prep takes under 30 minutes. Total of 1 hour and 30 minutes is a well worth time spent for a wholesome dinner for a couple of days.
One pepper per serving is plenty to satisfy the hunger. When I know I have the busy week ahead I always make either stuffed peppers or golubtsi (later on my blog). With 30 minutes spent in the kitchen, I don’t have to think what’s for dinner for the next three days. If you are more than two-person family, you can easily double this recipe. Just make sure you have a big enough pot to hold all the peppers. Alternatively, use two pots and rotate them halfway through the baking process.
The recipe and ingredients are so simple that there is not much to write about. Except for my very favorite part of this recipe-zagarka.
Zagarka (the Ukrainian tomato sauce) is the TOP-secret part of this recipe. It is a family recipe passed from my grandma, and god knows for how many more generations before. And this is what got me into so many troubles. Every time mom made it I was spying for the moment for her to leave the kitchen. When I saw the opportunity, I grabbed a spoon, sometimes when the moment was just a couple of seconds, I did it with hands and ate it like crazy. I don’t claim you will be crazy about it as much as I am but this stuff is so darn delicious. In this recipe, though you add a liquid to zagarka so it will be enough to create plenty of sauce to spoon over your stuffed peppers.
Don’t be afraid to make this Ukrainian beef stuffed peppers recipe. Make it once, and you’ll learn how easy and delicious it is!
For the best results and some extra information, read the tips and tricks for all Beef Stuffed Peppers Recipe down below.
Tips and Tricks for Beef Stuffed Peppers Recipe:
- It is very important to find the same size peppers so that they will cook evenly.
- The liquid you add to zagarka can be chicken, beef or vegetable stock. Even plain water works.
- Baking time varies on the peppers’ size. The bigger size, the more time it needs, the smaller-lesser time.
- Traditional Ukrainian stuffed peppers are made with half ground beef and half ground pork. For a healthier alternative, I made it with ground beef.
- You may substitute ground beef for ground chicken or turkey for the even healthier option. My mom and I made all the variations, and all of them are equally Experiment and find your favorite stuffed peppers recipe.
- Sour cream is necessary here. First, because it is an inalienable part of Ukrainian cuisine. Second, because it is too darn good with these peppers to pass.
- Do not over mix the stuffing. Preferably use a spoon. Otherwise, you will end up with the stiff filling.
- You can use any rice in this recipe. However, the healthier rice is, the tougher and drier your filling will be. Also, if your rice is transparent, boil it only for couple minutes. This type of rice tends to cook super quickly. You need al dente rice for this recipe.
- The color of the peppers doesn’t matter. But I like festive colors and usually buy red, yellow and orange. The food should be fun, right?!
- These Ukrainian all Beef Stuffed Peppers Recipe is freezer friendly.
How to freeze stuffed peppers:
- Make stuffed
- Line a cookie tray or plate with parchment paper. Place stuffed peppers on it. Wrap with plastic wrap and freeze. When they are solid frozen place them in a ziplock. Mark the date and place in the freezer.
- When ready for a delicious dinner make zagarka (tomato sauce) by following the recipe below.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Place frozen stuffed peppers in the pot with the tomato sauce. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Maybe little longer depending on the size of your peppers.
Happy cooking 😉
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