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Two artichoke bottoms stuffed with ground beef and placed on a plate with Lebanese rice.
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Stuffed artichokes with meat

Middle Eastern casserole of stuffed artichokes and zucchini cooked in tomato sauce. These ground beef stuffed artichokes have many variations in the Arab world.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Egyptian, Middle East
Servings: 8
Calories: 355.5kcal
Author: Amira


For the meat mixture:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil.
  • 1 medium onion diced.
  • 2 pounds ground beef. Note1
  • 2 Tablespoon tomato paste.
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice.
  • Pink Salt to taste. You can use regular table salt.

Cooking liquid:

  • 1 can (16ounces) tomato sauce , Note3
  • 1/2 cup water or stock.
  • Pink Salt and black pepper. You can use regular table salt.
  • 14 ounces (400g) artichoke bottoms. Note2
  • 1 pound (450g) zucchini.


Cook the meat filling:

  • Place a skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and diced onions. Sauté onion until translucent.
  • Add ground meat, break apart and brown completely.
  • Mix in the spices and tomato paste add a little water if needed to distribute tomato paste.
  • Turn heat off and set aside.
  • Peel and core zucchini and take off artichokes from the bag. Note4
  • In a small bowl or skillet mix together tomato sauce and water.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a baking dish, deep enough to hold the vegetables and the sauce, add the sauce we already made.
  • Stuff artichokes and zucchini with the meat mixture and place in the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the top with some salt and black pepper.
  • Cover the dish and bake in the oven for almost 40 minutes until zucchini is done. Make sure to check it near 20-25 minutes to make sure there is still enough liquids at the bottom of the baking dish. Add 1/4 cup of water if needed.


Note1: you can use beef, lamb, or a mixture.
Note2: I am used to getting a bag of frozen artichoke bottoms from the middle eastern stores near me. I’ve learned recently that you can find canned artichoke bottoms as well.
Note3: Some people like to sauté onion in olive oil, add tomato sauce and simmer for like 10 minutes before adding to the casserole.
Note4: I like putting the zucchini pulp at the bottom of the pan.

Serve with :

white rice or pita bread.
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Vitamins are in percentage value. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Calories: 355.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.5g | Protein: 22.3g | Fat: 24.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 577.4mg | Potassium: 424.8mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Sugar: 4.7g | Vitamin A: 18.4IU | Calcium: 3.7mg | Iron: 18.5mg