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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hungarian Stuffed Peppers

One good thing about me not cooking the next few weeks and having people bring us dinners is that we’ll get to try lots of fun recipes, which I can then share with you!

For our first post-baby dinner, my friend Julie brought us Hungarian Stuffed Peppers. Julie got this recipe from her Hungarian landlord in Vienna, so it’s totally Hungarian legit. I know you were worried about that. The peppers were delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Thanks, Julie!!

Hungarian Stuffed Peppers
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Hungarian
  • 8 green peppers
  • ยฝ pound ground beef
  • ยฝ pound mild italian sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 28-oz. cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large white onion
  • 3 or 4 yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into tiny cubes
  • 2 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika (buy it fresh!) (Julie used a combo of smoked and sweet paprika when she made ours, and it was yummy!)
  • 1+ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1+ cup water
  • Sour cream (full fat organic is best)
  1. Cut off tops of peppers. Take out seeds.
  2. Mix: meat, egg, rice, potatoes, salt & pepper, paprika. Stuff meat mixture into peppers. Set upright in pot. Make meatballs with extra meat to set on top.
  3. In Cuisinart chop onion and tops of peppers finely (or blend smooth in blender.) Mix onions, pepper tops, crushed tomatoes, sugar, water, bay leaves.
  4. Pour mixture over peppers in pot. Bring to simmer and simmer on low heat for 1 ยฝ hours. The key is low heat! Add water if sauce looks too thick.
  5. Serve with fresh sour cream and sauerkraut if you have it. Great paired with noodles or dumplings.



  1. I’m about to make me some of them joints

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    Congrats on that beautiful baby boy! Wish you the bestttt! ๐Ÿ™‚ and those peppers look delishhh! Did you put butter or anything on noodles? I am going to grocery store and making this tonight!!:))

    • Jane Maynard

      thanks for the congrats!

      when we sat down to eat, we ended up pouring the tomato sauce from the peppers over the pasta and it was yummy!

  3. Congratulations!! That was surely one of the perks of giving birth…trying everyone else’s favorite meals!

  4. Looks so Yummy!!! I wish my kids would try stuffed peppers! I love them but cant make myself make them cuz no one would eat them and I would have to make two meals. ๐Ÿ™

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    1 cup of cooked or uncooked rice? I messed this up in a stuffed pepper recipe once and the results were very crunchy.


    • Jane Maynard

      I just emailed Julie, and it’s actually uncooked rice – she said it cooks in the peppers. and I can attest to the fact that there was no crunchiness in the final product! ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for asking this questions, btw!

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    Congratulations on the little one..isn’t motherhood fun!

    And what a lovely dinner for your friend to bring, nothing like good friends ๐Ÿ™‚

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    aren’t you supposed to be taking it easy? Posting and taking the photos is work! Make sure you are getting enough rest!

    • Jane Maynard

      ha ha! love your comment. you sound like everyone in my life right now. don’t worry! I’m taking it easy – I SWEAR!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I’m still pregnant….:( miserable, and ready for this big boy to come on. I just hope friends bring me food after he’s born. Actually, I’d love for friends to bring me food now before he’s born.

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    This is a wonderful dish, and I am sure it tastes great, and with all my respect to all young women who like to cook, I am sorry to say, that this is not the same as Hungarian stuffed peppers. I very much appreciate that you have tried to prepare this dish. I am sorry I just had to say that. But if you want an original Hungarian recipe, or any other, please write a comment ๐Ÿ™‚ or send a message to me. I am a Hungarian woman with a grown-up son and I love to cook. But thank you again for trying this Hungarian food ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      feel free to share a recipe, julia – we’d love to see it!

      julie got this recipe from a Hungarian woman…so maybe it was her own creation! all we know is she was from Hungary! ๐Ÿ™‚

      thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Hello, everything is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing data, that’s truly good, keep up writing.

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    Mary Frances Evanchik

    Crunchy rice. Cook first no matter what anyone says.!!!

    • thanks for your input! sorry it came out crunchy for you! the rice we had totally cooked through, but I could see it potentially not cooking. I would say if you use cooked rice maybe decrease the cooking time. thanks, mary frances!

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    I’ve been wanting to make this curtsless apple pie since like thanksgiving. It’s from scratch so I’m a little nervous, but one day soon I will attempt it!Your stuffed bell peppers are inspiring me to reach for my dreams!:)

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    Donnae L. Felio

    Love your recipes… always Google you first. No offense but I check out at least one other recipe..
    Truly end up using yours.
    I recall when I was younger recal having sour krout under stuffed peppers, meatballs inserted into ball peppers w/ red sauce….unable to find recipe…..suggestions?
    Also popricaush w/ chicken to include homemade noodles.
    Thank you for all your delightful

    • Donnae, I am just now reading your comment and THANK YOU. It means so so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I do not have any suggestions for what you descibe…but you could maybe modify this recipe? Sadly, I am at a loss and can’t help! But hopefully you’ll keep searching my recipes when you are in research mode! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Natalie Ann Williams

    Is what you’re thinking of tรถltรถtt kรกposzta? Stuffed cabbage? Growing up my great grandma, my nana, would make numerous Hungarian dishes. I often sit and reminisce about the many days I spent cooking and baking in her kitchen with her.

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