Friday Food: Kibbeh

You’ve probably tried, but do you know what it means?

“Kibbeh” (كبة) consists of bulghur wheat, minced onions, a choice of red meat, and spices, all rolled up together, and its name is actually derived from the Arabic word ‘kubbah’, meaning ‘ball.’

Kibbeh can be fried into croquettes stuffed with minced beef or lamb. Kibbeh can also be cooked in broth or baked!

Give it a try yourself this weekend! Sahtein 😀

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds finely ground beef (or lamb, lean, divided)
  • 1/2 pound  bulghur cracked wheat (medium or #2)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (plus 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 medium onions (1 finely chopped, and 1 coarsely chopped, divided)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

Steps to Make It:

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl, soak wheat for 30 minutes in cold water.
  3. Remove and drain. Remove excess water by squeezing through thick paper towel or cheesecloth.
  4. Place into a medium bowl and combine with 1 pound meat, coarsely chopped onion, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.
  5. Combine well and place a small amount in a food processor until a dough-like consistency. You can slowly add an ice cube at a time during processing if needed.
  6. Place mixture aside, covered. Instead of using a food processor, you can use a mortar and pestle. However, it will take you over an hour to achieve the desired consistency.

Prepare Kibbeh Stuffing:

  1. In a medium frying pan, sauté the finely chopped onion in olive oil. Add pine nuts if desired.
  2. Add ground lamb or beef and chop well with wooden spoon or spatula to ensure the meat is chopped. Add allspice, salt, pepper, and cumin.
  3. Once the beef is light brown, remove from heat. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

Assemble Kibbeh and Fry:

  1. Take an egg-sized amount of shell mixture and form into a ball. With your finger, poke a hole in the ball, making space for filling. Add filling and pinch the top to seal the ball. This recipe will make about 25 medium-sized kibbeh.
  2. You can then shape it into a point, or football shape, or leave as a ball.
  3. Fry in 350 F oil on stovetop or in a deep fryer for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Image/Recipe: https://www.thespruceeats.com/easy-beginner-kibbeh-recipe-2355367

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