Lebanese Stuffed Summer Vegetables

Coosa with cores on a plate

The Lebanese have rarely met a vegetable we didn’t try to stuff. And around here, that stuffing is always a combination of meat and rice, fragrant with cinnamon. Any and all of these dishes are elevated with a dollop of labneh and plenty of good, soft, thin pita or flatbread nearby. Coosa, Stuffed Squash in…

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Garlicky Cabbage Rolls, some little gems.

Cabbage Rolls, MaureenAbood.com

Garlicky Cabbage Rolls are an all-time Lebanese favorite here, gems! This version is cooked in water and lots of garlic. For tomato-based Cabbage Rolls, click here. My name is Arikhia, not Rita, she said. They say Rita in this country. That was the first thing my Aunt Rita said when I interviewed her one afternoon…

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Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaf Rolls

Lebanese Grape Leaf Rolls, a taste of Dier Mimas Lebanese grape leaf rolls, also known as dolma or simply stuffed grape leaves. You’ll love this recipe and story about Lebanese family and food. […watch my video on how to roll grapeleaves HERE!…] There is one thing I’ve always thought was a given about grape leaves:…

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Ingredient: Rice

The Lebanese dishes are countless that include rice as a component. If rice isn’t there in a stuffing of some sort, it’s underneath as a beautiful, and delicious, bed that soaks up juices and contributes to the overall nutritive value of the plate. When we make rice as an accompaniment to dishes like baked eggplant…

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Lebanese Green Bean Stew (yahneh or lubieh)

Lebanese green bean stew (yahneh or lubieh) is even better on day two, so it’s a perfect make-ahead traditional Lebanese recipe. Also works great with leftover roast. Serve with Lebanese rice, the recipe is here. This post comes to us from my sister Peggy, our  Lebanese green bean stew yahnieh-maker extraordinaire… As the youngest of…

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Lebanese Stuffed Koosa

Lebanese Stuffed Koosa topped with labneh

Stuffed Koosa. Are you a Koosa? Lebanese Stuffed Koosa is a traditional dish of light green summer squash stuffed with a meat and rice mixture, cooked in deeply savory tomato broth. Can’t find koosa? That’s just fine; use zucchini or yellow squash for delicious results. Many of us at some point or another have called…

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