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Stuffed Zucchini [Koossa Mehshi] :
Submitted by: Nadia | Date Added: 20 Jul 2010
Listed in: Lebanese Meat / Stuffed with Meat

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added by: Madame Fahimeh 
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Ingredients

• 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 tspns salt
• a dash of ground allspice and black pepper (as desired)
• a dash of ground cinnamon (as desired)
• 1 tbls shortening or butter
• 5 cloves garlic, crushed with a dash of salt
• 2 cups water
• 4 tbls lemon juice
Preparation

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

Filling:
• 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.
Additional Notes
Its a good idea to have multiple pans going at one time to make the cook ... otherwise the 2 hours could turn into a half a day. :)