*This recipe is an excerpt from Fresh from the Farm Alabama Recipes, FCS-2112.
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Stuffed Bell Peppers
John Hall, Clarke County Preparation time: 60 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes
3 to 4 dozen bell peppers
6 chicken leg quarters, skinned, cooked, deboned, chopped
4 to 5 pounds cooked ground beef
1½ to 2 pounds cooked pork sausage (or substitute chicken)
1 large onion, diced
¼ pound shredded cheese
1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
1½ cups oatmeal
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup ketchup
¼ cup barbeque sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Core peppers and remove seeds. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. Stuff peppers tightly. Place on a baking dish lined with foil or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 30 to 45 minutes. For safety, the stuffing should reach at least 165 degrees F. Uncooked peppers can be frozen for up to 3 months.
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