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    Total Time:

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    1 hr 10 mins

    10 mins

    1 hr

    Um Safia's Note:

    Kusa - AKA Lebanese Squash / Zucchini / Courgette, Cucuzza. This is a recipe for a quick & simple version of the traditional stuffed Kusa dish.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    2. 2
      Hollow out each zucchini using a zucchini / apple corer or small, flexible paring knife, leaving 1/8-inch-thick walls.
    3. 3
      Combine lamb, rice, 1 1/4 teaspoons marjoram, 3/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon mint, 1/8 teaspoon allspice, salt and cayenne in a medium bowl. Loosely stuff each zucchini with the lamb mixture. Place the stuffed zucchini in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
    4. 4
      Combine tomato sauce with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 3/4 teaspoon mint and 1/8 teaspoon allspice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then pour over the zucchini. Cover the pan with foil.
    5. 5
      Bake, turning the zucchini halfway through cooking, until the zucchini and rice are tender and the filling reaches 165ºF on an instant-read thermometer, 40 to 50 minutes. Serve the zucchini with the sauce.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 02, 2013

      45

      This was a pretty good recipe. I didn't have mint so I left it out. I think it could have used a bit more salt, but I used crushed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce so that may be why. I recommend visiting a Middle eastern market and picking up a zucchini corer.

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    • on December 21, 2012

      55

      This is easy and wonderful! Even my squash hating husband thought it was worth doing again. And I will!
      I did use kusa squash - not zucchini - it is a bit thicker, and I think made for easier/better stuffing, but if I was going to do zucchini, I think I might cut them in half and do more of an "open-face" preparation.

      Leftovers reheat perfectly as well, which is always good news.

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    Nutritional Facts for Kusa Mihshi - Stuffed Lebanese Squash / Cucuzza / Koosa

    Serving Size: 1 (464 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 426.6
     
    Calories from Fat 197
    46%
    Total Fat 21.9 g
    33%
    Saturated Fat 9.1 g
    45%
    Cholesterol 62.2 mg
    20%
    Sodium 1278.6 mg
    53%
    Total Carbohydrate 38.2 g
    12%
    Dietary Fiber 7.5 g
    30%
    Sugars 18.3 g
    73%
    Protein 23.0 g
    46%

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