Melon Ba'al Canaf - "Melon with Wings"
Yield: 6 servings
3 sm Cantaloupes
1/3 c Oil
3 c Raw chicken or turkey meat chopped
1 ts Salt
2 c Green onions; chopped
1/3 c Parsley; chopped
1/4 c Fresh lemon juice
2 c Cooked rice
Cut each melon in half; remove seeds. Scoop out pulp and reserve.
Heat oil in a skillet and saute chicken or turkey. Add salt and
continue to saute until poultry is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Blend in green onions, parsley and lemon juice; continue cooking
until onions are soft. Remove from flame and cool.
Add rice to cooled chicken mixture; stuff melon cavities. Chop up 1
cup of reserved melon pulp and place on top. Put stuffed melons into
an ovenproof dish; bake at 350 F. for 20 minutes. Serve hot.
The authors write: "Melon Baal Canaf is a dish that is said to
disappear as soon as it is placed on the table, as though it had
From The Yemenite Cookbook by Zion Levi and Hani Agabria. New York
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