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Lebanese Hushwee – Ground Beef with Pine Nuts Recipe

Lebanese Hushwee – Ground Beef with Pine Nuts
Lebanese Hushwee – Ground Beef with Pine Nuts

A staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, hushwee is a humble, flavor-packed dish made of ground meat cooked in clarified butter then seasoned with cinnamon and toasted pine nuts. It is naturally gluten free and paleo.

Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Total time 20 mins


1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee)
1 medium onion - minced (my Aunt Paula uses frozen diced onions to save time)
20 ounces ground sirloin (lamb or bison work well too)
2 tablespoons All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend
¼ cup toasted Diamond of California pine nuts
fresh minced parsley - garnish

  1. In a deep pan, melt butter over medium high heat then add the minced onion. Sautee until translucent, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add ground sirloin and all spices (salt through cloves). Cook 8-10 minutes or until meat is browned, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to break up meat.
  3. Stir in toasted pine nuts before serving and garnish with fresh minced parsley.
To toast pine nuts simply spread in an even layer on a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.

If you don't wish to make your own clarified butter (also known as "ghee"), you can find it online or in most health stores.

For lasting freshness, store pine nuts in the freezer to keep them fresher, longer.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 369 Fat: 24.9 g Saturated fat: 9.5 g Unsaturated fat: 15.4 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 7.2 g Sugar: 1.9 g Sodium: 949 mg Fiber: 1.8 g Protein: 30.1 g Cholesterol: 106 mg

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