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Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini- Kousa

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Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini also known as Kousa Mahshi is a one of my favorite Lebanese comfort foods. In this dish, zucchini is cored and stuffed with a perfect spiced ground beef and rice mixture, then simmered with a rich tomato sauce which gives it tons of flavor. 

Kousa mahshi stuffed zucchini

What is Kousa?

Kousa translates to zucchini or squash in Arabic. It is also known as Lebanese zucchini- light green in color and small and wide in shape. You often find it at farmer’s market in summer time, or at Middle Eastern grocery stores. I love adding Kousa to my soups and stir fries. 

What you Need to Make Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini: 

  • Lebanese zucchinis

  • Tomato paste/tomato sauce

  • Fresh tomatoes

  • Medium grain rice

  • Lean ground beef 

  • Ground allspice

  • Ground black pepper

  • Ground cinnamon

  • Salt

  • Butter

kousa mahchi recipe is a perfect Lebanese comfort food.

How to Make Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini- Kousa Mahchi: 

Core the zucchini:

Wash and dry the zucchinis, cut off the stalks and slice off the dried tips at the opposite end without removing too much skin.

Carefully hollow out the zucchini. Start from the stalk end by inserting your corer about 3/4 of the way into the zucchini, making sure not to poke the bottoms or the tender skin of the zucchinis as you hollow. Twist the corer and pull out the zucchini flesh. Do this a few times, until you have a generous cavity. Some have found success using an apple corer to hollow out their zucchinis, I personally prefer the old fashioned way using a regular corer. You can also use an electric veggie corer drill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make the Stuffing:

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the stuffing ingredients of rice, ground beef, butter, fresh blended tomatoes, spices and salt until fully combined (I do this by hand).

Stuff the zucchini:

Using your hands stuff the zucchini with the beef mixture, leaving half of an inch free at the top to allow the filling to expand. Repeat for the rest of the hollowed zucchinis. 

How to stuff Lebanese zucchini- kousa.

Cook the Kousa:

Arrange the stuffed zucchinis in a large pot, add water, just enough to slightly cover the zucchinis. Cover the pot, place on medium-high heat, and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium- low, cover the pot and simmer for 45 minutes or until the zucchini is tender and the rice stuffing is fully cooked.

To serve Kousa:

Transfer zucchinis to a serving platter and top with tomato sauce. Enjoy with pita bread and a side salad. 

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Tips for Making Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini:

  • Allow the zucchinis to come to room temperature before coring, this will make the zucchinis less fragile and less prone to damage while coring. 
  • Reserve the zucchini flesh for other recipes, such as omelets or frittatas. 
  • If Lebanese zucchini is not available near you, you can use dark green zucchinis. You will have to cut each zucchini in half and hollow each side out.

More Lebanese Recipes?

Lebanese Ful (Fava Beans)

Lebanese Beef and Green Bean Stew

Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves

The Best Lebanese Kousa Recipe

Yield: 6

Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini

Lebanese stuffed squash, kousa mahchi recipe.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Non-Stuffing Ingredients

Stuffing Ingredinets

  • 1 cup medium grain rice, washed and drained 
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef 
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened

Instructions

To get the zucchini's ready: 

    1. Wash and dry the zucchinis, cut off the stalks and slice off the dried tips at the opposite end without removing too much flesh.
    2. Carefully hollow out the zucchini. Start from the stalk end by inserting your corer about 3/4 of the way into the zucchini, making sure not to poke the bottoms or the tender skin of the zucchinis. Twist the corer and pull out the zucchini flesh. Do this a few times, until you have a generous cavity.
    3. Set cored zucchini aside.

To make the stuffing:

  1. In your food processor, add the cut pieces of tomatoes and pulse a few times until well blended.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the stuffing ingredients of rice, ground beef, butter, fresh blended tomatoes, spices and salt until fully combined (I do this by hand).

To stuff the zucchini:

  1. Using your hands stuff the zucchini with the beef mixture, leaving half of an inch free at the top to allow the filling to expand.
  2. Repeat for the rest of the hollowed zucchini. 

To cook the stuffed zucchini:

    1. Arrange the stuffed zucchinis in a large pot, add water, just enough to slightly cover the zucchinis.
    2. Cover the pot, place on medium-high heat, and bring water to a boil.
    3. Reduce heat to medium- low, add tomato sauce or tomato paste, or both ( depending on how thick you like you sauce to be).
    4. Cover the pot and simmer for 45 minutes or until the zucchini is tender and the rice stuffing is fully cooked.
    5. Taste the sauce and adjust salt if you'd like.
    6. Transfer to a serving plate, serve and enjoy!

Notes

If you have stuffing mixture left over, you can store in the freezer for future use. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 1057mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 7gSugar: 11gProtein: 18g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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