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Artichoke Halves Stuffed with Ground Meat Recipe

Course: Main Course
Total Time: Under 2 Hours
Skill Level: Moderate
Cost: Inexpensive
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Artichoke Halves Stuffed with Ground Meat

Photo by: Joseph De Leo

Medias appeared in Aleppo courtesy of Spanish Jews who arrived in the Ottoman lands after Ferdinand and Isabella’s Edict of Expulsion. The word media is Spanish for “half.” The artichokes in this recipe are split in half length wise, filled with meat, and then cooked.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings


  • 6 artichokes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup matzoh meal
  • 1 cup vegetable oil


  • Two 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • Juice of 2 lemons (about 6 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


1. Cut the artichokes in half length wise, remove the hairy choke, and trim 1 inch of bracts (leaves) from the top.

2. To make the filling, combine the beef, 1 egg, allspice, and salt in a medium mixing bowl and mix well. Fill the cavity of each artichoke with the filling.

3. Put the remaining egg in a shallow dish and beat it; put the matzoh meal in another. Dip each artichoke in egg and then dredge in the matzah meal.

4. Heat the vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Fry the artichokes, filling-side down, for 2 minutes, or until the breading is golden brown. Place the artichokes in a large skillet in a single layer. Do not stack.

5. To make the sauce, combine the tomato sauce, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and 1 cup water. Mix well.

6. Drizzle the olive oil into a medium ovenproof saucepan. Place the fried artichokes in the saucepan, filling-side up. Sprinkle the artichokes with salt. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until the artichokes begin to sweat. Pour the sauce over the artichokes. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the artichoke hearts are fork-tender.

© 2007 Poopa Dweck

Editor's Note

Nutritional information is based on 10 servings.


Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

426kcal (21%)
56mg (6%)
12mg (20%)
25mcg RAE (1%)
73mg (24%)
819mg (34%)
5g (24%)
33g (51%)
3mg (17%)

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