Stuffed Zucchini in Tomato Sauce or Kousa

  • 2 lbs Lebanese kusa squash, even sized
  • FILLING:
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter or 1 tablespoon oil or 1 tablespoon plain butter
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts (optional)
  • 8 ounces ground beef or 8 ounces lamb (if you have an hallal butcher near you ask for Iraqi kabab ( it's a flavorful mixture of both)
  • 1 ⁄4 cup short-grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • SAUCE TO FINISH
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 ⁄2 cup clarified butter or 1⁄2 cup regular butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup peeled tomatoes, chopped (or one can chopped pealed tomato)
  • 1 ⁄4 cup tomato paste (I use 1/2 cup for a richer sauce but DH says this is not the "proper" way)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon (don't leave this out! MIL says anything with tomato should have a pinch of cinnamon)
  • salt
  • water
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