Lebanese Kousa mihshi (Stuffed Zucchini ) Recipe


1 kg (32 oz) medium zucchini
200 g (7 oz) minced meat
1 cup short grain rice, washed
1 kg (32 oz) red tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tsp salt
a dash of ground allspice and black pepper (as desired)
a dash of ground cinnamon (as desired)
1 tbs shortening or butter
5 cloves garlic, crushed with a dash of salt
2 cups water
4 tbs lemon juice


Wash well zucchini. Remove stems using a knife. Hollow out using an apple corer. Wash zucchini inside and out. Drain.

Mix minced meat with rice. Stir in salt and spices.Stuff zucchini, shake each after filling it so that the filling is well distributed (don’t over stuff). Arrange in a pot. Invert a plate on top.
Strain tomatoes using a colander. Add 2 cups of water, shortening, and a dash of salt. Place tomato juice in a pot over medium heat. When it boils, add to zucchini. Cook for 1 hour, or until tender. Add crushed garlic and lemon juice. Cook for 5 minutes.Serve zucchini and sauce hot separately or together in a large bowl.

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