Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut tops from peppers, remove membranes and seeds. Place in large saucepan, cover with water. Bring to a boil; boil 5 minutes. Drain; set aside.
In a large skillet, brown ground beef, celery and onion; drain. Add rice, salt , pepper, ketchup, and tomato; mix well. Spoon mixture into peppers. Place peppers in ungreased shallow baking pan. In small bowl, combine tomato sauce and basil; mix well. Spoon half of sauce over peppers.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until peppers are tender. Spoon on remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese during the last 5 minutes of baking.
By Connie from Cotter, AR
Remove tops, membranes and seeds from peppers. Mix all ingredients for stuffing and fill peppers If any mixture remains form into 2-inch balls and place all in baking dish or small roaster pan. Cover with sauce. Spoon sauce over peppers during baking period. Bake 2-1/2 hours at 325 degrees F. serves 6-8
Source: Found in "Ideals Family Cookbook" by Arlene Steelman
By Mary from Cocoa, FL
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