Make Sausage and Egg Stuffed Peppers for Brunch This Weekend



large bell peppers (any color)

2 tbsp.

olive oil

8 oz.

bulk breakfast sausage 


small onion, diced


garlic cloves, minced


plum tomatoes, diced

1 1/2 c.

cooked white or brown rice

3 c.

baby spinach

1 tsp.

kosher salt

1/2 tsp.

black pepper

1 c.

shredded cheddar-jack cheese


large eggs

Hot sauce, for serving (optional)

Step  1 Preheat the oven to 375 ̊. Trim the bottoms of the bell peppers (without creating any holes) so they sit upright without tipping over. Next, cut off the tops. Remove and discard the stems, then finely chop the tops; set aside. Scoop out and discard the seeds and membranes. Step  2 Place the bell peppers in a microwave-safe bowl with 1⁄2 cup water. Cover and microwave until beginning to soften, 7 to 12 minutes. Uncover and set aside until cool enough to handle. Stand up the peppers in a baking dish just large enough to hold them.


Step  3 Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up into small crumbles, until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove to a plate. Step  4 Add the onion, garlic and the chopped bell peppers to the drippings in the skillet. Cook until starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring, until they break down, about 2 minutes. Return the sausage to the pan along with the rice, spinach, salt and pepper; stir until the spinach wilts. Remove from the heat and fold in the cheese. Step  5 Fill the bell peppers with the rice mixture, leaving 1⁄2 inch of space at the top. Pour 1⁄2 cup water into the baking dish. Bake, uncovered, until the filling is heated through, about 15 minutes. Step  6 Remove from the oven and carefully crack 1 egg into each stuffed pepper. Bake, uncovered, until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still runny, 15 to 20 minutes more. Serve with hot sauce.


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