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Bamia (Baked Molded Okra and Beef)

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Category: Vegetables, Beef

 Ingredients List

  • 1 1/2 lb Okra, fresh
  • 4 tb Butter
  • 1 tb Butter; softened
  • 1/2 c Onion; finely chopped
  • 1 lb Hamburger, lean; prefer
  • ;chuck
  • 1 ts Garlic; finely chopped
  • 6 tb Tomato puree; canned
  • 2 c Beef stock; fresh or canned
  • 1 ts Salt
  • Black pepper; freshly ground
  • Lemon wedges


Wash the fresh okra under cold running water, and with a small, sharp
knife, scrape the skin lightly to remove any surface fuzz. Cut 1/8 inch
off the stem at the narrow end of each pod.
In a heavy 10 to 12 inch skillet, melt 2 table spoons of butter over
moderate heat. When the foam subsides, add the okra and, stirring
frequently, cook for about 5 minutes until it stops "roping," or producing
thin white threads. with a slotted spoon, transfer the okra to paper
towels to drain.
Pour off the fat remaining in the skillet, add 2 more tablespoons of
butter and melt it over moderate heat. Drop in the onions and cook for 8
to 10 minutes, or until they are soft and lightly browned. Add the meat,
mashing it with the back of the spoon to break up any lumps, and cook until
all traces of pink disappear. stir in the garlic, tomato puree, 1 cup of
the stock, the salt and a few grindings of pepper. Cook briskly uncovered
until most of the liquid in the pan has evaporated and the mixture is thick
enough to hold its shape almost solidly in the spoon. Remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (F). with a pastry brush coat the bottom
and sides of a circular baking dish 7 or 8 inches in diameter and about 3
inches deep with the tablespoons of softened butter. spoon half the meat
mixture into the casserole, smoothing and spreading it to the edges with a
spatula. Arrange the okra over the meat, placing the pieces closely
together side by side in a spoke like pattern with the cut ends facing out.
Spread the remaining meat mixture evenly over the okra, masking it
completely, and sprinkle over it the remaining stock.
Bring to a boil over moderate heat, cover tightly with a lid or foil and
bake in the middle of the oven for about 1 hour. (Check the casserole
occasionally, and if the top seems dry pour in up to « cup more stock, a
few tablespoons at a time.) Cook the bamia uncovered for 5 minutes, then
unmold it in the following fashion: Run a long, sharp knife around the
inside edges of the casserole, place a heated serving plate upside down
over the top and, grasping the casserole and plate together firmly, invert
them. The bamia should slide out easily. Serve garnished with lemon

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