But quite by accident I've come up with a new recipe that we both love!
I used a two-pound package of mild-flavored sausage from our pigs. I browned the sausage, added sliced onion, chopped green peppers, sliced mushrooms, chopped zucchini, salt and pepper and garlic and sauteed until the vegetables were crisp-tender. I added a cup of cooked rice and some spaghetti sauce and mixed it all together for the stuffing.
I chose peppers that stand up well on their own to be the "stuff-ees". I coated the bottom of the baking dish with spaghetti sauce, set six peppers inside and filled them with stuffing.
It makes a lot of stuffing though. You might want to use one pound of sausage instead. But since I don't like stuffed peppers, my plan was to stuff some summer squash too, similar to zucchini boats.
I cut two yellow squash in half lengthwise and removed the seeds using a grapefruit spoon. The tip of the spoon is serrated and it works quite well to scrape out the squash's seeds. After removing the seeds I hollowed out the squash until about a quarter-inch of the shell was left.
The squash flesh that I scraped out was added to the stuffing mixture, along with a chopped tomato or two. (Actually, I did this before I added the rice to the stuffing. I didn't want rice in the stuffed squash boats.)
The sausage made these definitely-not-bland. I really enjoyed my squash boat for dinner while hubby ate his stuffed peppers. The next day I used the leftover stuffing mix with more grated cheese to make quesadillas. Those were delicious too!
This is a great recipe to use up vegetables you have in the garden and/or refrigerator. What would you add?
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