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Crock pot stuffed onions

Ingredients

  • 3 Extra large yellow onions.
  • 2 Cardamom pods.
  • 2- 3 Bay leaves.

For the stuffing

  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil.
  • 1 large onion diced, about 1 - 1.5 cup.
  • 2 Tablespoon tomato paste.
  • 1 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder.
  • 2 Tablespoon dry mint.*
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • 1/2 teaspoon bharat or 7 spices.**
  • 1/3 cup FRESH dill chopped.***
  • 1 1/2 cup FRESH parsley chopped.***
  • 1 cup FRESH cilantro chopped.***
  • 1 lb ground beef.
  • 1 cup rice preferably short grain, washed.

Liquids for cooking

  • 16 oz tomato sauce can.
  • 16 oz broth - any kind.
  • Salt to season.

Instructions

  • Place a pot filled water - enough to immerse the onions- over high heat and add the cardamom pods and the bay leaves. Bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile peel the onions, wash and cut a wedge in each of them, this helps soften the layers.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Add the onions to the pot, reducing heat to medium-high and let it cook for 15 minutes or until the layers are easily separated.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl.
  • Add chopped onions, stir for a minute until translucent.
  • Wash the rice then add to the onion, stir to combine for 2 more minutes.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Add tomato paste and the spices then stir everything well.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Add the herbs, stir for 30 seconds, then turn off the heat. Let it cool down for 10-15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl, add the ground meat and mix well.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Take the onions out of water and let it cool down until you can handle it with your hands.
  • Separate the layers carefully.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Place 2-3 tablespoons- may be more according to the size of the onion layer- and roll.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Place some of the herbs on the bottom of your crockpot.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Combine the cooking liquids together and season.
  • Arrange the stuffed onions in the crockpot and pour the liquids over.
  • Stuffed onion shells, slow cooked to perfection in tomato sauce and served as a one dish meal.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Enjoy!!

Notes

* I did not have fresh mint, use it if you can find some.
** This is an optional ingredient but gives a desirable flavor, but do not kill yourself looking for it.
*** These herbs have to be fresh.