When I recently shared with you guys my Mummy Muffins I had said Halloween was one of my favorite holidays to cook for and I wasn’t kidding! I really think that while Thanksgiving and Christmas are filled with loved ones and joy, Halloween is so much more fun, silly, and goofy! Whether they’re helping me with dinner or baking my kids love being in the kitchen and Halloween recipes always bring my kids tons of pride when they see their themed finished work. I originally found this recipe from Cupcakes & Kale Chips but I switched out a few of the ingredients and put my own spin on it. They’re a household halloween favorite and a fall must!
4 cups frozen mixed vegetable medley, thawed (about two 10 oz. packages)
-Slice the top off of each of the peppers and reserve. Remove the seeds and, if desired, use a paring knife to carve a jack o’lantern face into each pepper.
-Heat a large skillet adding the ground beef and season meat with garlic, onion, and a pinch of salt/pepper. Over medium-high heat cook the meat until it is browned. Drain any excess grease. Stir in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and broth.
-Add in vegetables and cook for 10-15 minutes bringing skillet to a simmer or until thickened slightly.
-While the meat is cooking, place the potatoes into a pot of water and bring to a boil with cover.
-Remove cover and boil for 10-12 minutes or until fork tender.
-Drain and return to the pot, add 1/2 cup shredded cheese, Greek yogurt, milk, and salt.
-With potato masher or hand mixer, mash potatoes.
-Preheat oven to 350°F.
-Divide the beef filling between the peppers, then top with the mashed potatoes & remaining cheese, and place in a glass baking dish or casserole dish.
-Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until heated through, peppers are tender and potatoes are slightly browned.
( this recipe can also be made without pepper shells. You would simply place turkey mixture and potato mixtures into ramekins and bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes.)
Bring them to room temperature to cool down before enjoying these Halloween stuffed peppers!
This is a fun idea to cook with your kids and an easy way to get them to enjoy vegetables and a balanced meal in a main meal! I hope all your families love these stuffed bell peppers as much as mine does!