Friday, September 3, 2010

Creole Stuffed Bell Peppers + Mama's Buttermilk Cornbread

Here's a twist on an old Cajun favorite that I started making when my children were young and loved the stuffing in this classic Cajun dish, but didn't care to eat the peppers. I found that if I cut the peppers into smaller pieces and layered the stuffing with cheese, that they loved it! I also tweaked it a little bit and added tomatoes and corn, giving it a Creole taste. Cest bon, cher!
Bon Appetit!

Creole Stuffed Bell Peppers

 1 lb. lean ground beef
4 large green bell peppers, seeded, and cut in half, and then cut in thirds
1/2 cup each, onions, bell peppers, and celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbs. creole seasoning
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 cup whole kernel corn
1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies
2 small (8 oz) cans "roasted garlic" tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, (divided)
6 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 cup cooked rice

Par boil bell peppers in salted water, for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside. Brown ground beef with creole seasoning, in large skillet on medium heat and drain excess oil. Add the onions, peppers, celery, and garlic, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add Worcestershire sauce, Rotel tomatoes, and corn, and mix well. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, parsley, and thyme, and mix well, and cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add a few shakes of Tabasco, stir, and gently fold in the cooked rice until well blended.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a lightly oiled 13x9 inch baking dish with the peppers. Spoon one half of the stuffing on top of the peppers. Spread one half of the cheese on top of the stuffing mixture. Repeat with second layer. Top with bacon bits. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly. These are fab and so easy, too! Serve with cornbread, and a big tossed salad! Enjoy!


Mama's Buttermilk Cornbread

1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tbs.'s sugar
2 1/2 tsp.'s baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and vegetable oil. And add to the dry ingredients, and stir, until just mixed, and pour into a buttered baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is browned and a toothpick comes out clean.


Tomorrow, I'll be going to the Atchafalaya Basin for a little R andR and Cajun fun on the swamp. Most of you know what that means, but for those of you who don't, click here.

And for those of you who would like to attend a fabulous bloggie BBQ, please visit my new friend, Karen G.'s blog, by clicking here. She's got a real blast going on, so check it out!

Wishing you all a fabulous, fun, holiday weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Eddie Bluelights said...

Now look I'm supposed to be on a diet!! . . . . and you are showering us with these delicious recipes! LOL

January Asia said...

As always, your edible creations look so delectable, and your recipes read practical and real.

In my latest post, I mentioned you, your blog, and one of your recipes. See No. 3 in this post:"

Rosaria Williams said...

Love this! Eddie can cut down the cheese and go easy on the bacon and still be on his diet.

Kat said...

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend on the swamp. Watch out for those Gators.

Julie Musil said...

Oh my gosh, my stomach is growling. This looks so good!

Found your blog from Karen G's party. You've officially reminded me that I need to break for lunch!

Drick said...

a nice touch to what could be a boring stuffed pepper - like it a whole lot, of course

nanny said...

That recipe sounds perfect...I will make this one next week...and oh yes, gotta have BM Cornbread!!

Colette Martin said...

Ohhhh -- great recipes. I'll be back!

Marguerite said...

Eddie- Well, what can I say, except that maybe you could take lakeviewer's advice or do low fat/no fat cheese and skip the bacon! lol Or you could eat them, as is, and then go dancing! Your choice, cher! lol

January- I read the post late last night and somehow missed your lovely mention of my blog! All I could think about was making and eating those delicious looking pancakes! lol And I did! Thanks so much, again!

lakeviewer- Thanks, so glad you liked the recipes. Great advice for Eddie! lol Have a great weekend, cher!

Kat- Merci beaucoup, cher, same to you! Don't worry, I will. lol Will be staying on land, but that's not always a guarantee that you won't see one, there.

Julie- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! Thanks so much for visiting/following and for your nice comment! I will be visiting you, soon! Karen G.'s party is a real hoot and I'm so happy to meet you!

Drick- I've never met a boring stuffed pepper! lol At least not in Cajun country! Thanks, hope you try them! Have a great weekend!

nanny- Merci for your sweet comment, cher! Glad you like and yes, be sure and make the cornbread, too! This combo won't disappoint! Have a wonderful holiday!

Pat Tillett said...

Yum! cornbread with some honey butter and I'm good...

A Kitchen Witch said...

Mmmm, corn bread! I fried catfish last night and thought about cornbread but, was pressed for time. I'll keep this in mind for another time!

carolina mts said...

Great recipes - came over from Karen's BBQ! I write about life in the NC mountains. Nice to meet you.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, coming here is such a treat!!! Wow!! My mouth is watering, dear Marguerite!! Fabulous! And such wonderful photos, too! When are you going to produce your cookbook for all of us?? Great to visit with you again! I've missed you! Love, Janine XO

Talli Roland said...

Oh, my mouth just filled with saliva! SO good!

Dropping by from Karen's BBQ to say hello!

Linda Starr said...

I love cornbread and that buttermilk makes it rise so nicely and gives it a twangy taste, there's some great BBQs going on all over the place have a good one I know you will. Ha.

Chef Dennis Littley said...

wow...those peppers look amazing, what I wouldn't give to take a big bite out of one of them!! And your cornbread takes me home....sigh
hope you and your family are enjoying this beautiful labor day weekend!

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

I came from KarenG's BBQ... This is such a neat blog...I love cajun food!! Nice to meet you :-)


Jayne said...

Gosh this recipe sounds mouth-wateringly fantastic! I am currently lacking a kitchen (long story!) but when I do get back into cooking then I will be checking out your delicous recipes and trying to cook up a storm in London! Thank you for coming by my blog. :)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

The great thing about cyber-recipes is that there're no calories -- unless you make them.

Always good to find a fellow Louisianian in the cyber-verse.

Wish me luck as I try to get my urban fantasy, FRENCH QUARTER NOCTURNE, sold : first to an agent, then to a publisher.

Have a lovely weekend, Roland

Nicole said...

Hiya! I popped over from Karen's BBQ, nice to meet you. That looks like an amazing recipe I think I'm going to have to print it out - was wondering what to do for dinner anyway ;p

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

I have seen you do several recipes for cornbread... do you have a favorite tasting one???

Laura said...

You know how I feel about your cooking!
I just had an idea.
You need to do a cookbook and then sell it to all of your devoted followers!!!
How about that?

White Spray Paint

Marguerite said...

Colette- Hi and welcome! I'm delighted to meet you! Thanks, so glad that you like them and hope that you will! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Pat- Thanks, cher! Glad you like the cornbread and hope you enjoy it! lol Honey butter, yum!

KW- Thanks, hope you try it next time! I have several cornbread recipes on my blog, but this is my favorite one. Simple, but so good!

carolina- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! It's a pleasure to meet you, too! Love the beautiful NC Mountains and have several friends who live there. Thanks so much for coming by!

Janine- So good to see you!! Oh dear friend, I have missed you, too! Merci beaucoup for your sweet compliments, cher! I am working on it, as we speak. I'm in the editing phase right now... (sigh)!
Seems to be no end to it! lol Thanks so much for coming by, mon amie! Cheers!

Linda- Thanks, cher! This cornbread just melts in your mouth and I hope you try it! Hope you have a good holiday, too, and you are right, you can bet I will! lol

Angie Ledbetter said...

Not a big pepper fan, but I'll take a pan of dat cornbread "rat" now! :)

Hope you're off whooping it up on this holiday, sha.

Lola Sharp said...

I'm drooling all over my laptop scrolling through your blog! YUM. :)

I'm new here. *waves* Nice to meet you.


Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

I just take one look at all these recipes and food and now I have to go eat!

Thanks for letting us know about the cyber barbecue!

Talei said...

Oh wow. I'm over from Karens BBQ party and my mouth is watering just looking at those pictures!

Lovely blog and very nice to meet you! ;)


hey louisiana lady! girl, i love this recipe and i made a very similar one when my kids were little - leaving out the peppers - anyway, yummmmy over here, every single time! don't know if i mentioned that i'm headed back "home" in a few weeks - will be there in time for the spooky goblins - anyway, am headed over to the bbq now - thanks so much for letting everyone know - see you soon! and have a great bayou weekend!!! hugs - j

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks for returning my visit and dropping by my blog. Sixty-three cousins in Lake Charles?

You must have a large family. Me, I'm the last of my family tree -- no direct relatives that I know of.

Sandra, my best friend, says God saved the best for last. She had a Bette Midler twinkle in her eye when she said that : she's an agnostic.

Hope you have a great weekend, Roland

Karen Jones Gowen said...

So you do Cajun recipes here? Fantastic. I read this to my Southern boy husband and he is drooling, about ready to go to the kitchen right now and make the cornbread. Since we discovered an entire gallon of milk had gone sour in our fridge. (We use it for buttermilk.)

Marguerite said...

Chef Dennis- Merci beaucoup for your lovely comment, cher! We are having a blast and hope that you are, too!

Doris- Hi and welcome! It's so nice to meet you, too! You are in the right place if you love Cajun food! Thanks so much for coming by!

Jayne- Hi and welcome! Thanks so much, I'm so glad you like them! Hope you get your kitchen back soon! You're so welcome and thank you, as well! :)

Roland- Hi and welcome, my fellow Louisianian! You are right about that! Good luck with your book! It sounds great and so interesting! Merci, same to you, cher!

Nicole- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! It's a pleasure to meet you, too! Thanks so much, I hope that you enjoy it! And thanks for stopping by!

Dave- I love cornbread any which way that I make it! But this was my mother's recipe, so it will always be my fave! Hope you try it, it's so easy, yet yummy!

Jessica Bell said...

YUMMMM!!!!! It's dinner time where I am and we've got nothing in the fridge! I wish I could jump into the screen! Thanks for dropping by my blog! :o)

Unknown said...

I've seriously fallen in love! On an empty stomach I am now full just from the pictures alone! Stuffed Peppers is by far my favorite meal! You have me officially addicted to your blog!

Yay to finding a new yummy and addicting blog!! Karen's BBQ was awesome!

Nicki Elson said...

This is by FAR the yummiest blog yet. And I lov-a the spicy, so bring it on! I think you should bring ALL the food next BBQ. ;)

Is that the Cafe Du Monde in the photo at the top of your blog? It's been too long since I've been to New Orleans to be able to identify it for sure.

Lisa Potts said...

Just stopped by from the BBQ to check out your mouth-watering blog. Can't wait to try some of these recipes. My brother lives in Louisiana, but he doesn't cook!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a treat this will be for fall dinners. I hope you enjoy your getaway. Blessings...Mary

Gabriela Pereira said...

Hopped over from Karen's BBQ. The recipe looks delish! I'll have to try it out, though I'm something of a disaster waiting to happen when I'm in the kitchen. Any advice for someone who's cooking skills are a bit rusty? :)

Arlee Bird said...

I'm seeing some mighty fine looking food on your blog here.
I used to come to Lafayette every year and spend a week. Always enjoyed my time there and had some good food. It's been many years since I was last there, but I've got fond memories.

Tossing It Out

Al said...

Sounds yummmmm.
could I substitute anything for the 'roasted garlic tomato sauce'? Not sure if I can get that down in Oz. Some tomato paste concentrate and a little minced garlic perhaps?

Magic of Spice said...

Parfait à mon cher! Wonderful idea to make them more kid friendly too :)

Vagabonde said...

These look good. I am looking at recipes that can be made ahead then reheated. We will be going back to visit my daughter and her family in Nashville in late October. She does not have time to cook while she is getting her fellowship at Vanderbilt University on top of taking care of her hubby and 2 small kids. I am planning to bring some good food with us and reheat them when we get there. This recipe looks like one I could take with us and reheat there, no?