Our escape on a chilly evening? The slow cooker. Come home to our favorite main dishes, sides, appetizers, and drinks that are sure to soothe your family with the simple joys of comfort food.
Serve this classic Middle Eastern meal in bowls so you can scoop up every drop of the tasty sauce with warm pita bread. Offer a salad of chopped lettuce, cucumber, and feta cheese. If you don't care for lamb, ground chicken or turkey will work fine here as well. Removing the seeds and meat from the squash without disturbing the shell can take a little practice, but it makes for a dramatic presentation. It may help you to use a steak knife or utility knife for this, with a longer blade than a standard paring knife. The optional fresh mint added at the end really lends a beautiful hit of cool, fresh herbal flavor to the long-simmered dish.