Side note–after I had my baby, my Mom came into town for a good two weeks to help with the little one and fill my fridge and freezer to the brim with prepared meals. This was one of the things she made and my husband (and my brother in law) went crazy over them! They both were puzzled as to why we (my sister and I) had never made them before. I didn’t really have an answer. So now he requests them, and I make them.
Hope you all are in the mood for some German food tonight! Or maybe it’s Hungarian. (My ancestors are from both places, so we eat food from both places and things get confusing!) Either way, these are mighty tasty.
yield: 4-6 servings
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1 lb. ground beef (80/20)
1 lb. ground pork
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 cup long grain white rice
6 green bell peppers*
1 large can tomato juice
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lard or shortening
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Prepare bell peppers by cutting the tops off and removing the seeds and the ribs. Wash and set aside. In large bowl, mix together beef, pork, onion, rice, salt and pepper. Stuff bell peppers with meat mixture.
*If you do not have enough green peppers, then form meatballs with the remaining stuffing–this is a great way to get your kids to eat this meal, too!*
In a large pot, pour in the entire can of tomato juice. Rinse can out with 1/2 cup water. Place stuffed peppers and any meatballs into the pot. Try to submerge them as best as possible. Cover with lid and heat pot over medium high heat. Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer lightly for 1-2 hours.
In a large skillet, melt shortening over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk until smooth. Cook roux until it deepens in color to be a medium brown. Stir frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Using a slotted spoon, remove stuffed peppers and meatballs from pot leaving the hot cooking liquid. Pour browned roux into remaining tomato juice (it will bubble violently for a few seconds at first, so just be aware that it is totally normal). Stir well. After a few minutes, the tomato juice should thicken and become more of a sauce. Stir in sugar and more salt and pepper. It will be sweet–as it should be Serve with rye bread–or any other bread you have around, but really, rye is the best.
-You can use all ground beef if you don’t have/can’t find ground pork.