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SurfinSapo's Stuffed Calabasas

Took some Calabasas squash and stuffed them with a Middle Eastern pilaf I made.
  Calabash/Marrow squash 1 Pound, core
  Ground beef 1⁄2 Pound
  Olive oil 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Onion 2 Medium, chopped finely
  Currants 2 Tablespoon
  Seven spices 1 Tablespoon (middle eastern spice mix)
  Basmati rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)

1. Wash the calabazas and slice of the crowns.
2. Using a corer, scoop out the cores from the center of each squash.
3. With the teeth of the corer, score the outside of each calabaza. This will help the steam to penetrate through the flesh.

4. In a sauté pan heat the olive oil and brown the ground beef in it.
5. When the beef renders its fat and changes color, add the chopped onion to the pan. Sauté the mixture until the onion is soft and translucent.
6. Stir in the dried currants and seven spices and sauté a couple of minutes more.
7. Add the rice and sauté with the meat and onion mixture until the rice is translucent.
8. Add a 1 ½ cups of water to the rice and meat mixture and steam it until the rice and meat is tender.
9. Use a teaspoon to stuff the pilaf into the scooped out calabazas. Pack the squashes well.
10. In a large pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil then arrange the stuffed calabaza squashes in the pan, standing them upright.
11. Cover the pot tightly and reduce heat to medium low. Allow the calabazas to steam for about 20 to 25 minutes.
12. When cooked, drizzle olive oil over the steamed and stuffed calabazas.
13. Allow them to cool.

14. Serve them at room temperature as a side dish or as an appetizer.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Middle Eastern
Bottle Gourd
Low Cholesterol, Low Sugar
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
65 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 284 Calories from Fat 104

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 12 g17.8%

Saturated Fat 3.9 g19.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 26.7 mg8.9%

Sodium 32.5 mg1.4%

Total Carbohydrates 36 g11.9%

Dietary Fiber 2.5 g9.8%

Sugars 3.3 g

Protein 10 g19.7%

Vitamin A 0.3% Vitamin C 24.6%

Calcium 4.6% Iron 5.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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