Lebanese Stuffed onions ( bassal mahshi) is a family favorite that was actually my mother in law's recipe that she has been making and perfecting for many years. She serves it on holidays and special occasions, and it is absolutely delicious.
My mother in law's name is Toni ( short for Fortunae) and is called Nona by her 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Born to an Italian mother and raised, and lived in Cairo for 45 years prior to coming to the US - she is a great Middle Eastern cook.
Everyone is thrilled when she goes to the trouble to make these little stuffed gems. Her recipe is made using ground meat, spices and rice; my recipe is vegan, yet it boasts the same delicious Middle Eastern spices and the great flavors as my mother in law's recipe.
My recipe is easy to make, but I must warn you it is labor intensive. The onions are boiled first, peeled after cooking, and each layer of the onion is removed, stuffed, and rolled individually.
I made this recipe today jointly with my sister in law Amy. otherwise it takes a novice a long time to peel and roll. It's good to have a partner to work with. ( My mother in law is a an experienced pro and can knock off a batch rather quickly.)
The ingredients are simple, yet the spices are somewhat more exotic.
Like many of my mother in law's authentic Middle Eastern recipes, she uses a significant amount of healthy ground yellow orange turmeric ( available in any supermarket in the spice isle or any Indian ethnic store at a much more reasonable price)
The Middle Eastern term for stuffed onions is bassal macshi -
Basal is the Arabic word for onions and Machshi means anything stuffed.
4 large onions, cut according to the following directions ( see picture)
Filling: you could use any filling of your choice or use my vegan filling
My vegan Filling
Filling Directions: mix all ingredients well and use for the stuffing of the onions
|Cut raw onions as shown partially through ( do not cut in half)|
|Boil onions until soft|
|Separate onions into halves |
Combine all ingredients and mix well. .
|Fill each onion half with small amount of filling ( this is a picture that I took when I used soy granuals- forgot to take the current filling picture)|
Turmeric is so good for you. Recent scientific studies have been documenting turmeric has medicinal qualities that are good for the brain. I found an article by Dr. Axe that goes into great detail about why turmeric is good to add to your diet and a simple turmeric drink that you can make.
These stuffed onions seem to be a hit with just about any crowd.
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