Iraqi Stuffed Zucchini (Cousa Mashi)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
30 mins
40 mins

Tweaked Dh's families delicious recipe for our favorite stuffed vegetables with meat tomato sauce. Amounts are guesstimates since we only do to taste. This is not a gorgeous looking dish, but great comfort food. P.S. So far the picture posted is beautiful but much dryer than the way we like it.

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  1. Wash and hollow out baby zucchini's cutting tops off where the stems grow. Put all together in a large pot. Discard innards.
  2. Cut tops off bell peppers and remove seeds and membrane. Add to pot including tops. Discard innards.
  3. Mix ground beef (CW rinses and drains), white Basmati rice, chopped onion, chopped flat leaf parsley, sea salt, to taste & baharat.
  4. Stuff each vegetable until just about full pressing lightly to make sure there are no air pockets. If you press to hard the result will be too dry.
  5. Cork each vegetable with stem end cutting to fit if too large. Return each.
  6. vegetable to the pot in as even a layer as possible.
  7. Keep remaining filling to side as it will be used in the sauce.
  8. Add tomato paste to some water and mix (whisk works best) until no lumps remain. Add to pot along with more water until just over top of the vegetables, Add some extra bahrat spice mix to taste, sea salt, and bring to the boil.
  9. Cover and cook until partially done adding remaining filling (it shouldn't be a lot) to the surrounding liquid so that once cooked it will form a sauce not a dry rice dish. So if needed add more water/sea salt. Boil/simmer until done.
  10. Remove vegetables and arrange on a large platter, spoon sauce around.
  11. Enjoy!