1/3 cup finely chopped fresh or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
How to Make It
Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
While the peppers are cooking, place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1/2 cup. Combine breadcrumbs, beef, and next 6 ingredients (beef though garlic) in a bowl, shaping mixture into 36 (1-inch) meatballs. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook for 10 minutes, browning on all sides.
Combine flour and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add to bell pepper mixture in saucepan. Add meatballs; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the basil and vinegar. Remove bay leaf.
So I cooked the peppers exactly how they said on here but instead of meatballs I used cubed steak and seasoned it with oregano, pepper, salt and I put minced garlic on the cubed steak and spread it out a little bit. I added the flour, NOT the 1/4 cup of water (thought that it was pointless because it was watery enough), and added the basil in. I also made rice a roni parmesan and romano cheese rice as a side. When everything was done and plated I ate the cubed steak with the peppers and dipped in the sauce that was cooked with peppers. We tried something new and I did the best I could with one hand and it turned out amazing! Good luck!
Really flavorful and super easy. I used a bag of frozen peppers and onions to save steps. I also used a can of beef broth with 1.5tsp cornstarch in place of consommé. I had a little trouble prepping the meatballs on the stovetop, and would suggest you cook them in whatever way you're most comfortable (oven or stovetop). My boyfriend loved the flavors of this dish and said he thought it would be a great potluck alternative to meatballs in red sauce.
Enjoyed this very much, but forget the water! I just used the 10 & 1/2 oz. can of beef consome and that was plenty and added to flavor. I also thicken with cornstarch--it's smoother, blends better, and never clumps. Absolutely needs some crushed red pepper or hot sauce, and also needs rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes.
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