Stuffed Peppers-German Style
Gefullte Paprikaschoten

I have always enjoyed German food. And I loved a German woman. However, she would only teach me three words in her native language. I never did learn the meaning of those three words - "Ich liebe Dich," but it made her happy when I looked into her eyes and said those magic words, with feeling. It got me what I wanted. It was like a password to Heaven. I know you will enjoy "I love you" German recipe. This is not an X-Rated story, but it is getting close to it. I didn't tell you all about the birds and the bees in my autobiography that you can read on my web site.

4 large red peppers
3 cups fresh breadcrumbs or 1 cup cooked rice
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 pound mixed ground beef and pork
1 egg Pepper Thyme Oregano or basil
4 bacon slices, diced
1 onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup meat stock
3 tablespoons tomato paste Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Remove stalk and surrounding hard flesh from peppers. Or, cut peppers in half lengthwise. Wash, remove seeds and membrane. Boil 5 minutes in salted water; drain. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs or rice, 1 onion, ground meats, egg, salt, pepper, thyme and oregano or basil. Sprinkle peppers lightly with salt; fill each with stuffing.

Sauté bacon in a medium skillet. Add onion; sauté until tender. Add stock, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a casserole dish. Arrange peppers, stuffing side up, in dish. Cover and bake 30 minutes.

Remove lid and bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. If rice was not used in stuffing, serve peppers with hot cooked rice. Or serve with a salad. Makes 4 servings.


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