Lebanese Ardi chawki bil lahem (Artichoke with Meat) Recipe


12 artichoke heads
400 g (14 oz) minced meat
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup fried pine nuts
2 tbs butter for frying meat and onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup finely chopped boiled carrots (optional)
a dash of ground pepper
a dash of ground allspice
a dash of flour
2 cups water for cooking artichokes


Cover artichoke heads with water, flour and lemon juice. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove and fry in some butter. Place aside.Fry onion until soft. Stir in meat, salt, and spice. Cook on low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.Remove meat from heat. Stir in carrots.Distribute meat mixture over prepared artichokes. Place in a tray. Add water. Cover and cook over moderate heat for 15 minutes or until tender.Serve artichokes hot, garnished with pine nuts and accompanied by cooked rice, radishes and lemon.

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