This super easy, Eastern European recipe for stuffed peppers is bound to become a family favorite! It’s made with sweet bell peppers, juicy ground beef, rice, carrots and of course, dill! My Ukrainian family has been making this dish for decades and it never gets old. It’s one of those warming, comfort food recipes that you just keep coming back to, especially during the cold winter months! This dish calls for loads of fresh dill, which is the quintessential Slavic seasoning for any savory dish!
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How To Make Stuffed Peppers
For my stuffed peppers recipe, I always use sweet, red bell peppers. I love the sweet flavor of red peppers! You can also use yellow or orange peppers; however, I don’t recommend green peppers – they tend to be a bit bitter. You can even use this recipe with mini bell peppers! Make sure to scoop out all the seeds and the inner white part. The white part contains flavin, which can cause stomach aches and tastes bitter.
Beef & Rice Filling
For the juiciest filling, I recommend using 85% lean ground beef. I love using this higher fat content meat because the fat adds even more flavor. This recipe will work with just about any type of meat – chicken, turkey, pork or even lamb. Whichever meat you chose to go with, the filling will always come out juicy because of the baking method I use to cook these peppers.
The addition of the rice in stuffed peppers is also important! You don’t want too little or too much but it’s important to add, otherwise the beef filling would be too heavy. This recipe makes approximately 6 to 7 stuffed peppers. If you’re making this dish for just two, like in my case, just refrigerate the leftovers and reheat in a frying pan the next day!
How To Serve
This easy dinner recipe is delicious on its own but I like to add a few extras on the side! There’s a certain way that I always serve these – with a generous dollop of sour cream on top, with a side of small pickles, marinated tomatoes and toasted bread. If you want to experience traditional Eastern European cuisine, enjoy it this way!
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Looking for more delicious Eastern European recipes just like this one? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Try my ‘Stewed Beef & Potatoes’ dish next! It’s one of my personal favorites!
- ‘Creamy Turkey Meatballs’ with the best mushroom gravy, served over mashed potatoes!
- My favorite ‘Classic Beef Borscht’ is even on the cover of my new cookbook! So delicious!
- This ‘Easy Chicken Rice Pilaf’ or plov is my mom’s recipe! So easy, delicious and aromatic!
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My favorite frying pan ever! This Mauviel 1830 copper frying pan is simply amazing!
I love to use these glass mixing bowls for prepping ingredients and mixing.
If you want to spoil yourself, this Cu Artigiana copper pan is a beautiful!
This cast iron covered braiser is also a great option.