I’ve been traveling. A lot. My interest in the kitchen has waned as a result so I started to fall towards the whole takeout-delivery cycle of food. It’s a bad place to be, so I’ve returned to the kitchen with a renewed interest in.. the crockpot. Ahh.. pot roast.. or vegetable soup… or the bajizillion other things you make in a crockpot.
I came across a recipe from a paleo site. Let me start by saying that I am not a follower of paleo.. but because they eschew grains and I live with someone trying to keep carbohydrates in check, they’re a great place to start for cooking ideas.. which brings me to this. Stuffed peppers.
I made some modifications to the recipe and have put it below. The first thing I want to say is do. not. cook. the. cauliflower. ahead. of. time. That makes for mushy cauliflower. Mushy cauliflower is icky and I disapprove of it wholeheartedly.
Second, notice.. no liquid. Fear not. The sausage provides the liquid.
Third, the original recipe called for cooking these badboys for 6 hours. I cooked them for 4 and they were almost overdone. I prefer some bite in the peppers.
These are quite filling. When I made them, I made sides.. which remained untouched. These are a true one dish meal.
- 1 pound of hot italian sausage. I got them and pulled the meat out of the casing. Gross but effective. For a less fun alternative, buy bulk sausage.
- 4 assorted bell peppers. I went with 2 green, 2 orange.
- 1/2 head of cauliflower, grated or chopped into a “rice” consistency.
- 1 small (8 ounce) can of tomato paste.
- 1 small white onion, medium dice.
- 1 tsp lazy man’s chopped garlic.
- 2 tsp dried basil.
- 2 tsp dried oregano.
- 2 tsp dried thyme.
- juice from one lemon
With a hearty menacing laugh, RIP the tops off of the peppers.. or use a knife.. it’s cleaner. Seed them and save the tops.
Put everything in a large bowl and mix like it’s meatloaf. Do not use a spoon or other utensils. Practice your menacing laugh. Mix some more. When the mixture is fully incorporated, spoon into each of your empty soul-less peppers. They’ll hold a lot so keep stuffing until they’ll hold no more.. then put the tops back on them and put them in a crock pot. Cook on low for about 4 hours.