Saturday, September 8, 2012
Stuffed Peppers Freeze Well
Back in late July we made a batch of Stuffed Green Peppers and they came out incredibly good. There were far too many of them so we decided we would pack them up in airtight freezer containers - 2 per pack. The stuffed peppers along with some of the sauce went into each container.
We took them out in the during this past week and had them for supper. They tasted as good as they did the day they were made. You can take them out and let them thaw out in advance in the refrigerator, or if you have the time, pull them out and let them defrost on the counter. Even if they are not fully defrosted, just use the reheat button twice on your microwave or pop them in a toaster oven covered and reheat them that way.
What a rescue for those days when you need something for dinner and do not want to go to the grocery store and spend more money. We got a yield of 10 portions with the original recipe. I am making another batch this weekend.
If you're lucky and had a garden to make homemade sauce and grow the peppers then you have two items less to purchase. What I would suggest is to wait until some of the items go on sale and work on putting up some stuffed peppers for the cold weather months ahead. Go to your local Job Lot type of store for the containers as they are less expensive than a regular market.
Also, consider making a large batch of your favorite red sauce (marinara or spaghetti sauce). You will have some for a nice Italian dinner and some for the peppers. It's a more economical approach to making these.
Use the link I provided for my recipe for a basic spaghetti sauce.
On the night that you pull these out for supper you might want to do what we did and have some mashed potatoes to go along with the peppers.