My Grandmother’s Stuffed Peppers

Four lovely red bell peppers, stuffed with breadcrumbs, herbs, and cheese.
A perfect fall or winter meal.

A perfect Sunday evening meal, especially on a rainy day. Stuffed Peppers, known as my best effort toward my Grandmother’s Stuffed Peppers. Lucille’s “people” were from Lipari, a tiny island off the coast of Sicily. Southern Italian cuisine was all that we knew at her table. As always, this uses an extra virgin olive oil from Olio2go.

4 large Sweet Bell Peppers (I prefer the sweetness of reds); trimmed, with top and seeds removed
4 C breadcrumbs (homemade are best)
1-1/2 C parmesan cheese
3-4 T parsley
6-10 basil leaves
extra virgin olive oil (Colli Etruschi used in this recipe)
1 can San Mazano DOP or Roma tomatoes (28 oz); quickly pulsed in food processor
1 T sugar
2-3 T of tomato paste
Bay leaf
1 t oregano
ground red pepper
chicken broth
Sauce: Add the crushed tomatoes, sugar, paste, bay leaf, oregano, and a shake of ground red pepper to the 6 quart dutch oven.
Mix together breadcrumbs, cheese, chopped parsley and basil. Add 3-4T of chicken broth to moisten bread crumbs. Stuffing should remain crumbly. Stuff the peppers with the breadcrumb mixture. Place in pot as shown. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the tops of the stuffed peppers.
After 45 minutes, spoon sauce over the tops of the peppers. Add chicken broth to the sauce as needed to keep it “loose”. Cook on low-medium heat for 1.5 hours until peppers are tender and can be cut with a spoon.

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