Hushwee (or hashweh) is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine as a humble, flavor-packed dish made of ground meat cooked in clarified butter.
Lebanese Hushwee (or hashweh) is a simple, modest Middle-Eastern recipe made with ground meat, cinnamon, and toasted pine nuts. Every family has a staple, comfort food that they go to over and over. For my family? That’s Lebanese Hushwee or Ground Beef with Pine Nuts. Packed full of flavor, but done quickly, we use it in a handful of different dishes, but also enjoy it on it’s own!
- Clarified butter: Also called ghee, it has more of a roasted, nutty taste than normal butter, and also stores and lasts longer than typical butter.
- Onion: I use a white onion, as it’s mild and palatable to most, but still adds great flavor.
- Ground beef: I use ground sirloin, but you can use ground chuck or even a different ground meat that you have on hand!
- Lebanese spice blend: My Lebanese spice blend is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and pepper.
- Pine nuts: Mild and sweet in flavor, and buttery in texture, they’re flavir is greatly enhanced when roasted or toasted.
How to Make Lebanese Hushwee
Start by melting your clarified butter over medium-high heat, then add in your diced onion and sauté until slightly translucent.
Add your ground beef and season with some salt and pepper, breaking up with a wooden spoon or potato masher.
Add your Lebanese spice blend and continue cooking until ground beef is all browned and crumbled.
Finish by adding your toasted pine nuts and minced parsley (if you have it).
Serve with pita bread and brown rice, and enjoy your Lebanese Hushwee!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is hushwee?
Hushwee (or hashweh) is a one-pot dish full of warm spices and flavor that comes from the Middle-East. I make it the way my family did, which stems from Lebanon, but there are variations from many countries!
What do you serve with hushwee?
What type of meat do you use with hushwee?
This recipe works with any type of ground meat you have on hand, but I prefer beef sirloin, ground lamb, or a combination of the two.
Recipes with Hushwee
- Sfeehas (Lebanese Meat Pies)
- Lebanese Hushwee Rice
- Hummus and Hushwee Pinwheels
- Lebanese Hushwee Rice with Chicken
More MIddle Eastern Recipes
- Lebanese Hindbeh
- Classic Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts
- Beef Shawarma with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
- Greek Herb Salad with Feta
- Arabic Lentil Soup
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No fork required.
Lebanese Hushwee – Ground Beef with Pine Nuts
- In a deep pan, melt butter over medium high heat then add the minced onion. Sautee until translucent, 4-5 minutes.
- Add ground sirloin and spices. Cook 8-10 minutes or until meat is browned, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to break up meat. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in toasted pine nuts and set aside.
Toasting the Pine Nuts:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a small cookie sheet place raw pine nuts and cook for 5-7 minutes or until they are at a light brown in color. Keep a careful eye on them as they can burn quickly.