Beef and Artichoke Tajine

The sun has finally shown here for more than two consecutive days and I am wavering on the possibility that it just might be summer time....or spring at least...I'm not sure.

I've been seeing so many artichoke recipes lately that it was making me tear up just thinking about places where they were already in season when all I was getting here was some rhubarb and early lettuce.  Lucky for me I found some frozen artichoke hearts in the organic frozen foods and snagged a box.

Here was my dilemma going into I really like artichokes?  I like spinach and artichoke dip but to eat an artichoke...oh well I went for it.  Thanks to my mother in law for sharing this recipe with me (and you!)

1/2 box frozen artichoke hearts
1 lb beef (bone in or out)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas
1/2 lemon quartered and seeded
1 small onion diced
1 handful of Italian parsley chopped finely
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp ginger
1/2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp pepper

In a pressure cooker or a medium saucepan (with a lid), add the vegetable oil and turn to medium high.   Next add the chopped onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Add the beef and brown the meat.  Next add all of the spices, parsley and lemon.  Add enough water until the meat is almost covered.

If using a pressure cover, put the cover on tight and turn to high.  When it starts to whistle turn the heat down to medium high for 30 minutes.  If using a regular pan, again turn the heat to high until it starts to boil and then turn down to medium and place the cover on.  Depending on the cut of beef it will need to cook between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes.  The meat should be falling apart. 

When the meat is tender, add the artichokes and peas.  Allow to cook until the liquid in the pan reduces.  You can turn the heat up if you need it to reduce quicker.  The artichokes will soften and become very soft quickly.  The peas should still have a little bite but be soft.  The remaining sauce should be thick.  Pour out the pot onto a large dish, and serve with crusty bread.  Best eaten communally and using the bread as a utensil!

And for those who prefer chicken, here's how to cook it :)

Do you have a favorite artichoke dish?  I think I'm hooked on them now and I still have 1/2 box to use up!  Please share!

About Me (Amanda)
Wife, mom, student, activist, traveler, Moroccophile and curious spirit. BA International Relations MBA Project Management, work in interfaith understanding, community development and MENA outreach. I'm living a bi-cultural life with my family and love to share my adopted culture with everyone!

1 comment:

Amanda Antara said...

So cool- a guest post...and a great one at that! Thanks for introducing me to this blog as well.