Artichokes Stuffed with Meat2015-07-20
- Course: Snack
- Skill Level: Beginner
- 5 Frozen Al Wadi Al Akhdar artichokes
- Cold water
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tsp salt
- 3 Bunches Swiss Chard
- 1 Cup ground meat
- 1 Tbsp Al Wadi Al Akhdar butter
- 1 Small onion, minced
- 2 Tbsp pine nuts
- 1 Tbsp minced parsley
- 2 Tbsp tomato sauce
- 1/4 Tsp each black pepper, allspice, hot red pepper
- Salt to taste
- 200g/half a can Al Wadi Al Akhdar diced tomatoes
To prepare the artichokes, trim off all but one-half-inch from the stem ends. Peel off the tough outer leaves and cut off about one-half-inch from the tops. Part the leaves in the center and with a teaspoon scoop out the thistle-like choke and pink leaves. To keep the artichokes from darkening, drop them into a pan of cold water to which you have added one tablespoon of flour, three tablespoons lemon juice and one teaspoon of salt.
To prepare the filling, in a skillet sauté the ground meat with the butter and the onion for about 15 min, or until the onion is translucent. Add the pine nuts, parsley, tomato sauce, spices and salt.
Stuff the artichokes with the meat mixture. Arrange them in an ovenproof casserole. Add the tomatoes. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake at 350 degrees about 45 min. During baking, baste several times the juices from the pan. Serve hot, decorating with minced parsley and fresh dill. You can serve it with rice on the side.
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