Since getting back from the trip to Croatia several years ago, I began to appreciate peppers, thanks to punjene paprike, a.k.a. stuffed peppers. After a few failed attempts, I finally managed to figure out a simple way to make them. This is how I do it.
Ingredients (4 servings):
4 large bell peppers
1 pack (1.3 lb) ground beef
1 cup rice (I used cooked rice this time because I had too much leftover cooked rice, again)
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 bay leaves
1. Prepare the peppers: cut off the tops and clean out the seeds.
2. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, rice, onions, garlic, and eggs.
Add a little bit of salt and pepper. If you have dried herbs, you can also add them a little.
3. For me, this is the fun part.
Stuff the peppers. Stuff, stuff, stuff! But be careful not to overstuff them because the stuffing will expand a little as it gets cooked.
4. In a large pot, place the peppers and pour the tomato sauce or juice. (This time I used 3 cans of V8 vegetable juice and added 1 cup of Prego tomato sauce.) The peppers should be completely covered. Add some water if needed to. (You can add a couple tablespoons of flour if you want to thicken the sauce). Add salt. You can also add a couple stems of parsley and celery if you have them.
5. Bring to boil and then simmer for 1-2 hours.
When the peppers are all soft, serve them on the plates and pour plenty of sauce over them.
I like to serve them with bread, mashed potatoes and yogurt (or sour cream).