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meatloaf pepper poppers

  Stuffed mini peppers.

There is many directions this recipe could have gone. With the mini peppers, instead of large green peppers, some kind small bite meal was in order.


Since I had some ground beef, sort of a meatloaf stuffing came to mind.

About 1/2 an onion finely chopped, hmmm.. a bit of fat, a slice of bacon would be good for juicy flavor as the pepper would encase the beef while cooking… bread crumbs… no.. due to the size of the peppers, finely  chop the bacon onion and a bit of garlic, processed in the mini chopper.



Ok …now I should season the meat due to the small size that each meatloaf inside the pepper would be.

Also cheese come to mind specifically some American cheese that I have , perhaps not though, I didn’t want them too gooey… now I’m thinking of sort of a chilies rellenos  style.. I could blister, skin and stuff the peppers with cheese and meat mixture and coat and fry them… maybe another day. I want to stick with the mini meatloaf theme.

Back to the seasonings, a shard of cinnamon, whole allspice, peppercorns, clove,(grind or smash them to powder) hot red pepper flakes,

celery cumin, and caraway seed.IMG_2840

add to the beef with the onion mixture and refrigerate while processing the peppers.

With a sharp small paring knife slice off the top and gently cut out the ribs and seeds.



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(looks like the planet killer from star trek… maybe not)

Now I have to have a oven proof container to hold the minis… Details…details…

The rectangular blue corning ware one will do…


In goes the meat mix, I used the stem end of a spoon as a shovel to fit into the pepper to avoid air pockets when filling with the meat. I thought of a bread crumb topping…




about 350 – 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

I let them cool to room temp for tasting.

IMG_2851Not bad, the amount of spices need to be increased.

The peppers are still crunchy and held the juices of the meat within.

Even better after refrigerated as in a regular meat loaf…


a sauce ? Over the top of them?  could they be possibly be cooked in a tomato based sauce ? Would they hold together?

for now not!


Bacon, potato and greens

A quick skillet meal.

Render some bacon slightly


Grab a spud,clean skin, small dice with skin


sauté with the bacon, season 


throw in some garlic


add some Brussels sprout greens to the pan, cover, let them wilt







Really crusty bread


I read a post about Daring Bakers: Dutch Crunch Rolls and wondered how it would be a full loaf of bread vs. the rolls. The recipe is here for rolls the bread recipe is

none the less here is my results on two white with wheat loaves.



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If you ever wanted a really crusty finish to to your loaves and tried different methods of coating the crust, milk, water etc., then this is the way to go! Soft crumb interior and crunchy almost cracker like crust, reminiscent of a crusty Italian bread. The only thought I had was if there was an alternate method of getting the crust, as the recipe for the slurry like frosting that’s applied to the bread just before baking calls for yeast, a tablespoon. I used 1/2 the topping recipe and substituted potato starch instead of the required rice flour (it’s supposed to be  a non glutinous flour). To me that’s  a lot of yeast for just the small amount of topping and would try in the future different combinations. Why the yeast if it doesn’t really rise at all?

Aside from that, an awesome impressive crusty loaf …..



sort of a cross between a quiche and a pizza. since it’s been awhile since I baked pizza, I wanted something simple and different.

obtain or make your favorite pizza dough and form it into a deep cast iron skillet. Push it up the sides.



Let it rise….

Sauté some white and sweet onions in butter, slowly not to brown…wht&sweetonions

add some greens, in this case from the Brussels sprout plant in the garden, some leafy greens from the stalk.


clean , dice add to the onions… a bit of salt and pepper to taste… That’s all …


cook the onions and greens over low heat to wilt and soften them, the dough should rise… a thick crust and billowy sides to hold the mixture..  just a touch of smoked hot red pepper flakes….added to the onions and greens for background…..

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3 eggs and some milk…whisk together…..


spoon the  sautéed onion and Brussels greens in to the crust, pour in the egg mixture ……


That’s it ! Keeping it simply for this recipe….

500 degrees for about 13 minutes…


Tick …Tock… Tick ….Tock……. Tick…..Tock    Tick…. Tock   DING !….



What a meal !!!

crust cutquichzza

how about a dollop of sour cream for garnish !!!!!!


Ok, so I could have added things like cheese, sausage, some other type of meat and herbs, that’s right, there was no garlic in this recipe!!! BUT , this was sort of a test recipe to keep the flavors basic. It was a success. Yes, maybe the next time around I’ll add the garlic, cheese and meat, but for now the greens and onions were excellent to taste. And the crust bountiful, to hold it all together.


April 2012

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