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This site is designed to help you if you are looking for ethnic recipes or meal ideas from around the globe. You can search for a recipe (using the search box on the right) or use the drop down menus at the top of the page which include region, country, base ingredient or "pot luck"

Lebanese Recipe Ideas
Lebanese Food & Drink Ideas

Squash Stuffed with Rice and Meat

Stuffed vegetables are prepared all over Mediterranean with regional differences in spices and herbs. This recipe is a favorite in Lebanon.
For US to UK equivalents see this rough guide

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized summer squash
  • 1/4 cup rice
  • 1/2 lb diced lamb
  • 11/2 tbsps salt
  • 1/4 tbsp pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tbsp nutmeg
  • 6 to 8 mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 or 3 lamb bones
  • 2 to 4 cups tomato juice


Wash and cut the squashes taking the pulp out and leave the shells.

In a bowl add the pulp, lamb, salt and pepper to taste, rice, cinnamon, mint leave and the nutmeg. Mix thoroughly and use this as stuffing.

Stuff the squash with the mixture in the bowl.

Arrange lamb chunks at the bottom of a pan. Place the stuffed squash on the lamb and pour the tomato sauce and the other sauces as desired.

Simmer at low heat till the squash is soft and cooks well. Cook for 1/2 hour and once done garnish with sliced onions and lemon wedges and serve hot.

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For US to UK equivalents for food weights and measurements see this rough guide

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