Grandma IVE COUSA Recipe

Cousa is one of our favorite squashes of summer. It's a Lebanese zucchini that's traditionally stuffed with seasoned meat and rice.


1 lb ground hamburger
4 medium sized cousa
2 cloves garlic
2 shallots
olive oil
1 cup long grained rice, uncooked
3 fresh tomatoes
1 handful of freshly chopped mint about 1/2 cup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Salt and Pepper to taste
3/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Halve squash lengthwise and scoop out pulp and seed with a spoon and chop into bite size pieces. Sauté in olive oil ground meat, shallots, garlic and squash pulp until squash is just tender and meat just about browned. Once cooked, add rice along with a little bit of the tomato to hold all it together and give it some texture. Add seasoning and mint and mix all together well. Line a baking pan with the emptied cousa squash shells and begin to stuff them with the meat/rice/tomato mixture. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and a drizzle of more tomato sauce. Pour vegetable stock around each stuffed squash to come up to about half way up the squash in baking dish. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes.


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