Kibbeh

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Here, ground meat is combined with bulgur wheat and spices, layered in a baking dish, and baked until golden brown. This version is a bit more healthy than the frying version.

Nutritional info
per serving

Fat 17g
Saturated fat 4g
Carbohydrates 4g
Sodium 423mg
Fiber 1g
Protein 11g
Cholesterol 33mg

Kibbeh

12 kibbeh
Servings
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

Ingredients

  • [1/2] cup bulgur wheat, grind #1
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lb. lean ground chuck beef
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • [1/2] tsp. ground allspice
  • [1/2] tsp. ground coriander
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cumin
  • [1/2] tsp. ground nutmeg
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cloves
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cinnamon
  • [1/2] tsp. dried sage
  • [1/2] lb. ground beef
  • 4 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • [1/2] cup pine nuts
  • 1 tsp. seven spices

Directions

In a small bowl, soak bulgur wheat in water for 30 minutes.

In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, blend [1/2] of yellow onion and basil for 30 seconds. Add bulgur, and blend for 30 more seconds.

Add ground chuck, 1[1/2] teaspoons salt, black pepper, allspice, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and sage, and blend for 1 minute.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl, and knead for 3 minutes.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown beef for 5 minutes, breaking up chunks with a wooden spoon.

Add remaining [1/2] of yellow onion, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, remaining [1/2] teaspoon salt, pine nuts, and seven spices, and cook for 7 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish with extra-virgin olive oil.

Divide kibbeh dough in half, spread a layer of dough on bottom of the prepared baking dish, add a layer of sauteed seasoned ground beef, and top with remaining kibbeh dough.

Paint top of kibbeh with remaining 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, and cut kibbeh into 12 equal-size pieces. Bake for 25 minutes.

Let kibbeh rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Another way to make kibbeh is to form them into little 3 inch footballs. Just form a ball of the kibbeh dough in your hand, with your pointer finger, form a groove into the ball forming a space, put some of the filling in the space and then close it up and form it into a football.

Tasty Tip
You also can fry kibbeh. Form the dough into balls, and stuff with the filling. Fry the kibbeh in a pan with vegetable oil for 6 minutes, and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.

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