If you're familiar with Lebanese food (and Middle Eastern cooking in general), you may have noticed it is really big on stuffing things: vegetables, sweet and savory doughs, leaves… You name it, we find a stuffing for it.
When we were kids, our dad used to bring fresh tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and eggplant from the garden. Then our mom would stuff them with a traditional mixture of rice and ground meat and cover it with some sort slightly sweet, sour sauce with lots of lemon juice and pomegranate molasses. The smell of all those ingredients cooking and blending together slowly in the oven was just amazing…
As we got older and everyone (except for our dad, of course) pretty much stopped eating meat, she got a little creative and found great vegetarian alternatives for us. Anything from chickpeas to mushrooms and nuts… she even tried using "fake" meat when she would come here to visit (and yes, our dad was absolutely thrilled with it…)
Inspired by her creative ideas, we came up with a dish that is not only fun, super tasty, and delicious, but also a bit different.