Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Stuffed Squash and Green Beans (Kousa)

This is another traditional Lebanese recipe. It is made by using little green squash, not yellow ones. They look similar to zuchinni, but are half the size. If your supermarket does not have them (as mine does not), farmer's or vegetable markets are your best bet. The squash are hollowed out, being careful not to break a hole through the skin of the squash. They are then stuffed with a mixture of uncooked rice, raw ground beef, salt, and pepper. Once the squash are stuffed, you can either freeze them, or begin making the dish.

6-8 stuffed squash
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 16 oz. can of tomato sauce
2 boxes frozen green beans, french style, defrosted

In a bottom heavy pot, sautee onion with 1 Tbsp. olive oil until translucent. Stir in ground beef and cook together. Once the gound beef is cooked, add green beans. Stir and allow the mixture to cook for 10 minutes. Take out half of the green bean mixture and set into a bowl. Place the squash on top of the remaining mixture. Top squash with the reserved green bean mixture. Add the tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and enough water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat for about an hour.

I apologize for not having a picture!

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