Thursday, January 31, 2013

Egyptian Stuffing Recipe For Stuffed Veggies

Hey all! Hope you're living the best of times! Today, I'm going to share with you a recipe, but in all honesty if you are a new cook or are totally lost in the kitchen, this recipe will be your worst nightmare as the measurements are not exact. As my mom would say: "just eyeball it." Ohhhhhh Lord, do I hate those words and yet here I am, eyeballing ingredient measurements. So I took a lot of pics so you can get an idea of what each step should look like and if you have questions feel free to e-mail me at askdebdoozle (at) gmail (dot) com. Here we go (wiping sweat off my forehead).

I recommend making a large quantity for the stuffing, because what ever is left over, you can store in the freezer and use later.

What you will need:
For the stuffing:
4 medium onions diced or LIGHTLY spun in the food processor
2-3 cans 16 oz tomato sauce
1 bunch cilantro finely chopped
1 bunch parsley finely chopped
1 bunch dill finely chopped
Salt to taste ( I used around 1 1/2 -2 tsp)
Pepper to taste ( I used 1/2 tsp)

For the seasoned water:
Small sauce pan almost filled with water
8 oz. tomato sauce
about 1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbs olive oil ( I used extra virgin)
Salt and pepper to taste

In the end 
1 to 1 1/2 cups Calrose rice
3 medium to small bell peppers ( I used red, orange and yellow. They taste the best)
3 Anaheim chillies. ( I don't know what they are called in the UAE, but just look for long green peppers they may be spicy or non spicy depending on which kind you purchase)
2 Mexican squash ( Also known as Marrow in the UAE)
1 to 2 FIRM tomatos. If you use soft tomatoes they will dissolve and ruin while cooking. MUST BE FIRM!!!)

My measurements are guesstimates; as I said before, I've learned to "eyeball" measurements as opposed to literally measure. Add salt little by little and taste as you cook and it should be fine.

If the herbs look dry after you put tomato sauce add more sauce. It should look loose and saucy not dry and pasty.

When gutting the tomatoes and Mexican squash/marrow save the flesh. You can puree the flesh with the left over seasoned water you used to cook the stuffed veggies in and make soup out of it. It's SUPER delicious and tasty.

First, take all the vegetables you will stuff and gut them. Wash and set aside to dry. Chop up all your onions.

Next you will heat some oil, eyeball the amount ;o) Just remember, the amount of oil should be enough for the onion to simmer in, but you don't want the onions swimming in it. After the onions are golden, and I mean really golden, not black or white, add the tomato sauce. At medium heat, stir regularly and do not let food stick to pan. After the sauce has simmered for about 5-7 minutes start adding the herbs. Any order is fine.

After each bunch of herbs you add, stir well then add another bunch of herbs. After all the herbs are mixed in add salt and pepper to taste. Make sure mixture does not look dry, if so add more tomato sauce.  Let that mixture simmer for another 5-7 minutes. Don't over cook or the sauce might become acidic which = HEARTBURN :o)))

Now take your rice (rinse first) and add a spoon at a time of the above mixture until the rice and sauce are an equal ratio. You don't want more rice than stuffing or more stuffing than rice. When adding the rice and stuffing to each vegetable, leave some space at the top for expansion. Maybe about 1/2 and inch. If you stuff to the brim the rice will over expand and spill into the pot. Line these up in a pot that takes the veggies comfortably. Make sure the long veggies like the chillies and Mexican squash are angled not flat in the pot.

Now, separately, fill a small sauce pan with water, but not to the brim. Add about 5-6 oz of tomato sauce. Then add the minced garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. After all those ingredients are added, bring to a boil. Once brought to boiling point, with a ladle add some of this seasoned water to each stuffed vegetable. Then take remaining water and add to the entire pot, but at the level of the stuffed veggies. Do NOT drown the vegetables in the seasoned water.

Cover well and let cook on low heat between 25-30 minutes. When it's close to being finished just make sure the rice looks cooked.

My veggies washed and ready to be gutted.

My special gutting tool is from Egypt, but you can 
probably find in an international market near you. It's called a
Ma'war in Arabic. 

Try not to puncture like I did above. If yo puncture you can
try to take some flesh and patch up the hole. If the hole is too big,
the veggie might (most probably :o) will burst while cooking. 

Save the flesh for soup later!

Onions should look golden not white or dark.

I started off with the above amount Hunts tomato sauce. It doesn't come in a jar,
this was left over that I had stored in the jar. 

From the left: cilantro (coriander leaf in the UAE) Dill, and parsley 

Sauce before herbs.

First I added cilantro, but order doesn't matter.

Mix well and add the next bunch of herbs. 

Photo of parsley not take, above is dill. 

Add your salt and pepper. 

Small sauce pan with water.

Add sauce.

Garlic, and olive oil, salt, pepper. 

Bring to a boil. 

Wash your rice. It helps it cook faster when it's pre-wet.

Start adding mixture to the rice.

Mixture should look like above photo.

Find a pot that fits the veggies just right. Keep long veggies 
angled, not too flat. 

Add seasoned water to each vegetable.

Then fill pot up. In the above pic water may look low, but I didn't want 
the tomato to drown in the water. 

When it's done cooking take the water in the pot, mix it with the left over flesh and puree. If you heat it up and add some crushed angel hair pasta, everyone, including your kids, will gulp it up. But I'll give you more details on that in another post.

And for the best part, I forgot to take the "after" pic. The hubster came home so hungry, I forgot to take a pic of the food. :o) sorry folks, but I'll try to update this post. So, is it too hard or are you willing to give it a try? It's actually easy, but takes work and is worth the taste. Thanks again for stoping by and if there are any errors in this post, I'll have to correct tomorrow as it is waaayyy to late over on this side of the world. Take care, and thanks again for stopping by.


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