Pumpkin Kibbeh
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This kibbeh has a very distinct flavor, thanks to the sweet pumpkin and fragrant spices.
Servings: 8 cups
  • 1 medium sugar pumpkin
  • 2 cups bulgur wheat, grind #1
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • [1/2] tsp. ground black pepper
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cinnamon
  • [1/2] tsp. ground allspice
  • [1/2] tsp. ground ginger
  • [1/2] tsp. paprika
  • [1/2] tsp. turmeric
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • [1/2] cup walnuts, chopped
  • [1/2] cup pine nuts
  • 1 tsp. seven spices
  • 1 (16-oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Olive oil spray
  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  2. Cut sugar pumpkin in half, place cut side down on a baking sheet, and bake for 45 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine bulgur wheat and water, and set aside for 20 minutes.
  4. When pumpkin is done baking, remove seeds and stringy pulp, and scoop out pumpkin meat (about 4 cups).
  5. In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, blend [1/2] of yellow onion for 30 seconds.
  6. Add pumpkin, and blend for 30 seconds.
  7. Add bulgur, salt, black pepper, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, paprika, and turmeric, and blend for 1 minute. (You can do this in batches if your food processor won't hold all of bulgur and pumpkin at once.)
  8. Transfer mixture to a large bowl, and knead all-purpose flour into pumpkin-bulgur mix for about 3 minutes.
  9. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat extra-virgin olive oil. Add remaining yellow onion, and cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Add walnuts, pine nuts, and seven spices, and cook for 3 minutes.
  11. Add chickpeas, and cook for 2 minutes.
  12. Form pumpkin dough into 24 (3-inch) patties. Spoon 2 tablespoons chickpea mixture on 12 patties, and use remaining 12 patties to cover. Seal patties around chickpea mixture.
  13. Spray sealed kibbeh with olive oil spray, and spray a baking sheet, too. Place kibbeh on the baking sheet, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove, let cool slightly, and serve warm.
Mediterranean Morsel
Kibbeh is a dough made using bulgur wheat and either meat or a puréed vegetable. It's eaten raw, baked, or fried and usually has a filling.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cups Calories: 121 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 15g Sodium: 673mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg
Recipe by Dedemed at https://dedemed.com/mediterranean/pumpkin-kibbeh/