Stuffed peppers the traditional Balkan recipe

Stuffed peppers is traditional Balkan recipe for a classic dish of peppers stuffed with meat and vegetables. There are many variations of stuffed peppers across Balkan (Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria…) but here is the basic recipe that you could modify by taste.

Fry finely chopped onions and sliced carrots on 5 tbsp of temperature. After a few minutes add mince meat. Add salt, to taste and continue to fry it for another 5 minute pressing the meet with your spoon to make pieces smaller.

Take it off the heat and add rice and an egg. Stir the mixture. Then with spoon  putthe mixture into the peppers to 2/3 of its height. Cover the top of each paprika with a slice of a potato or tomato, depending on a taste. Place peppers in a big pot or a deep pen.

In a saucepan, heat 5 tablespoons of oil and add 2 tablespoons of flour stir it for about 3 min. Quickly stir in the minced garlic and ground red paprika. Mix to a thin paste. Add the saucepan mixture paprika, add tomato juice or paste and cover it with the water. Add a little bit chopped parsley on the top.

Put the pot into the oven and leave it for 1 hour on 250°C (500°F). You can also choose to boil it at a lower temperature for 40-45 minutes.

You can serve stuffed peppers with mashed potatoes.

10 red peppers
500 g beef/pork mince meat combo
120 g of rice
1 carrot sliced
3 small onions chopped
1 egg
1 tbsp chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 potato or tomato to close paprika
1-1.5 cup of tomato paste or tomato juice
12 tbsp of oil
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp of ground red paprika (hot if wanted)


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