A staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, hashweh (or hushwee) is a humble, flavor-packed dish made of ground meat cooked in clarified butter, browned rice then seasoned with cinnamon and toasted pine nuts. Naturally gluten free and paleo.
You know how certain people have their specialties in every family? Well in our family, my Aunt Paula is famous for hashweh. No matter how hard I try, mine never quite tastes like hers and ironically, she always thinks hers is missing something too. (Trust me, hers is perfect. Every. Single. Time.)
What is hushwee?
Hashweh (or hushwee) is a simple, modest recipe made with ground meat, cinnamon, and toasted pine nuts. It is the foundation of many classic Lebanese dishes such as Stuffed Eggplant or my husband’s favorite, Sfeehas (Lebanese Meat Pies).
At Christmas, we love eating it on top of mashed potatoes with a drizzle of homemade gravy. It also tastes great served over hummus and eaten with pita bread.
Time needed: 7 minutes.
How to easily toast pine nuts
Bake pine nuts 350 degrees on a baking sheet for 5-7 minutes.
Use your nose – the pine nuts are done the minute you smell that intoxicating, nutty flavor.
The end result is a batch of evenly toasted, golden brown pine nuts. Your hummus will thank me.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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.
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Lebanese Hushwee Beef
- 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.
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