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Lebanese Beef Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms

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Lebanese Beef Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms is exactly as it sounds, artichoke bottoms stuffed with a perfectly spiced beef and pine nuts mixture and braised in a delicious rich tomato sauce. This dish is seriously so good! I’ve always said that braising is my favorite cooking method and this Beef Stuffed Artichokes Bottoms recipe just proves that to be true!

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Beef Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms

This Lebanese Beef Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms Recipe is one of my mother in law’s signature dishes. My father in law who loves gardening, plants artichokes in his garden in Lebanon. The peak artichoke season in Lebanon is from May to June and that’s when my parents in law harvest them, make a few meals, and store the rest in the freezer. They would spent days peeling and cleaning these interesting large, spiky vegetables in order to stuff them. 

Fresh vs Frozen Artichokes: 

Using frozen artichokes is much faster and a perfectly acceptable way to make this dish. I almost always use frozen artichoke bottoms. This time I wanted to try stuffing fresh green artichokes instead, I will include few simple steps to help you prepare fresh artichokes for cooking. If you are in a rush, I highly recommend you use a frozen package instead. 

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HOW TO PREPARE AN ARTICHOKE FOR COOKING:

To prepare the artichokes, you’ll need to:

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil, add a few slices of lemon. 
  • Meanwhile, cut the stem of each artichoke. 
  • Cut the top quarter of the artichoke off with a sharp knife. Using kitchen scissors, cut off the points of each leaf that is left. you will have a thick layer of leaves around, part of these leaves are edible, you can feel free to leave it or discard after cooking.

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  • Gently loosen the bracts and using a spoon carefully scoop out the the inner bracts with the fine fibers, until you see the artichoke bottom. You’ll want to get rid of most of the fine fibers if not all. 

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  • Carefully add the artichokes to the boiled water. Cover and simmer for 20- 25 minutes or until artichokes are tender. 
  • Remove from water and let them drain facing down while you prepare the stuffing mixture. 

How to Make the Mixture for Beef Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms: 

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  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat oil, add diced onions and  salt and cook until wilted for about 7-10 minutes.diced onions the salt and sweet kitchen
  • Add ground beef and spices and mix well with onions, stirring frequently to break the beef into small pieces, cook for 10- 15 minutes or until beef is fully cooked through. set aside.

ground beef for stuffed artichokes.

Prepare the Pine Nuts- If using: 

  • In a small pan, over medium low heat, heat about olive oil, add the pine nuts and cook for 5- 7 minutes or until golden- stirring frequently to prevent them from getting burned- set aside.

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How to Stuff Artichokes with Meat Mixture: 

  • Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking tray (set aside) and preheat the oven to 350 F. 
  • Placed boiled and drained artichokes on the prepared pan. lining them up next to each other.
  • Scoop out about 1- 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture and fill each artichoke bottom. spread the rest of the beef mixture around the artichoke in the tray if you have any leftover mixture. artichoke recipes
  • Sprinkle the stuffed artichokes with pine nuts. 

braised artichokes in a tomato sauce

How to Cook Stuffed Artichoke with Meat: 

  • In a medium size bowl, mix tomato sauce, tomato paste and minced garlic, thin it with 3- 4 cups and water and mix it well.
  • Pour the tomato sauce mixture all over the stuffed artichokes. 
  • Cover your baking tray with a foil and bake for about 50 minutes minutes prior to serving.
  • Serve over Lebanese rice  enjoy! 

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More Lebanese Dinner Recipes? Here are some:

Vegetarian Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini

Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves

Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini- Kousa

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Beef Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms

Yield: 4-6

Beef Stuffed Artichokes

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The best artichoke bottoms stuffed with a perfect spiced beef mixture and pine nuts, the braised in a rich tomato sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 8 frozen artichoke bottoms- or 6 fresh artichokes
  • 1/2 pound ground beef- low fat
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 tbs salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 garlic glove- minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 15 oz tomato sauce can or 2 cups fresh diced tomato 

For pine nuts mixture

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

For boiling artichokes- if using fresh

  • Water
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Prepare the Beed Mixture:

  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat oil, add diced onions and  salt and cook until wilted for about 7-10 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef and spices and mix well with onions, stirring frequently to break the beef into small pieces, cook for 10- 15 minutes or until beef is fully cooked through. set aside.

Prepare the Pine Nuts- If using: 

In a small pan, over medium low heat, heat about olive oil, add the pine nuts and cook for 5- 7 minutes or until golden- stirring frequently to prevent them from getting burned- set aside.

Stuff the artichokes with the beef mixture:

  1. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking tray (set aside) and preheat the oven to 350 F. 
  2. Placed boiled and drained artichokes on the prepared pan. lining them up next to each other.
  3. Scoop out about 1- 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture and fill each artichoke bottom. spread the rest of the beef mixture around the artichoke in the tray if you have any leftover mixture. 
  4. Sprinkle the stuffed artichokes with pine nuts. 

Bake the meat stuffed artichokes:

  1. In a medium size bowl, mix tomato sauce, tomato paste and minced garlic, thin it with 3- 4 cups and water and mix it well.
  2. Pour the tomato sauce mixture all over the stuffed artichokes. 
  3. Cover your baking tray with a foil and bake for about 50 minutes minutes prior to serving.
  4. Serve over Lebanese rice  enjoy! 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 2161mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 18gSugar: 8gProtein: 21g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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Comments (2)

  • Hello Sherri, So sorry about that. It slipped my mind, I just updated the ingredients. You will need about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the beef mixture and 2 tablespoons and 1/4 cup of pine nuts to the pine nuts mixture. Hope this helps 🙂

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