Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kousa Mehshi (Stuffed Zucchini)

Suggestive amounts - rice and meat to be adjusted according to number of zucchinis being cooked
7 Zucchini
1/2 cup Rice
Ground Meat (lamb or beef, whatever you prefer) - about 1/2 lb maybe less (sorry do not know exact amount)
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Seven spice (found in middle eastern stores)
3-5 tbs Tomato paste
zucchini corer (found in middle eastern stores)

1. Cut the stem off the zucchini and core out the inside using a corer or a small spoon. Be careful when coring the zucchini as to not puncture and break it. My suggestion would be to buy some extra zucchinis to practice on cause my first time doing this i kept poking holes in the zucchini :(.

2. Once all your zucchini is cored, wash the inside and place in a colander to drain.

3. Mix the rice, meat, salt and allspice together. 

4. Stuff the zucchini with the mixture. Do not fill more than half way. To close the top off you can add a piece of tomato/potatoe at the opening to prevent the mixture from spilling out during the cooking process.

5. Get a large enough pot and place your zucchinis. Add enough water to reach top level. Add your tomato paste (i dissolve it in a cup of water and add that to make it easier to blend). Cook on high until it comes to a boil. At this point you can taste your broth and add salt if desired. Lower heat and cook covered for an hour until zucchinis are tender.

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