AIP Moroccan Beef Skillet
A hearty meal starring ground beef, greens and winter squash. Slightly sweet, seriously savory. Comes together in a snap and the oven does most of the work, and if you’re anything like me I look for reasons to turn on the oven in the colder months. I pulled this recipe together “chopped” style, out of ingredients we had on hand (from Cliff’s in Caldwell)
Moroccan Beef Skillet
2 Tbsp Lard or other oil
4-6 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 diced onion (sm/med)
2 tsp Golden Spice Blend
1 1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
1 lb ground beef (thanks to my friends the Lidral’s at Windswept Acres, you guys raise the best beef!)
1 cup broth or stock
3-4 cups German Sweet Potato Squash, Banana Squash or other hard fleshed winter squash
1 bunch Chard or Kale, medium chopped
In a large oven proof skillet with lid, heat the lard, add the garlic and the spice blend. Once garlic has started to brown add the onion and salt, cook until golden. Add the ground beef, crumbling it as it browns. Deglaze pan with broth. Add Squash and Chard, distribute evenly throughout, cover and place in 450F oven until squash is fork tender (about 20-25 minutes).
Drizzle with 1/4 cup Pomegranate molasses and fresh Pomegranate arils if it suits your fancy. Garnish generously, don’t be shy!
Lemon Parsley Garnish
1 Lemon, Zested and Juiced
1/2 bunch Parsley, finely chopped
1 med shallot, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
1/4 cup good Olive Oil (* edited to include substitution of Garlic Toum because #toumislife)
Combine all ingredients in small bowl. You may have leftovers here, but they keep for a week and are sure to brighten any rich savory dish. If you’re anything like me and tend to eat herbs like salad you probably won’t have much left. Pomegranate isn’t necessary at all for a delicious dish, but it takes the dish to a whole new level of delicious and packs a nutritious punch.
A note on prepping the chard or other leafy greens—it is helpful to remove the bulk of the leaf from the stem, then to chop the stem and strips of the leaves for a more uniform chop. In dishes where you want to barely cook the greens you can add the stem pieces to the saute before the greens since they take longer to become tender. Biggest thing to keep in mind is nobody likes to feel like livestock when they’re eating greens, make sure they are small enough to be eaten in one bite.