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Mediterranean Kibbeh Part 1- Preparation

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Kibbeh or kibbe made of bulgur or rice and chopped meat. The best-known variety is a torpedoshaped fried croquette stuffed with minced beef or lamb. Other types of kibbeh may be shaped into balls or patties, and baked or cooked in yogurt. Kibbeh is a popular dish in Levantine cuisine.
Ingredients
  Vegetable oil 2 Cup (32 tbs) (For deep frying)
For the dough
  Ground beef 2 Pound
  Bulgar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Onion 1 Cup (16 tbs), chopped
  Basil 2 Medium
  Kibbeh spice 3 Tablespoon
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
For the stuffing
  Ground beef 1 Pound
  Almond 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), sliced
  Seven spices 1 Teaspoon
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. FOR THE KIBBEH DOUGH: Rinse the burgul in water and drain off the water leaving some excess for the burgul to soak up, let it sit for about 2 hours.
2. In a food processor combine the burgul, meat then remove. Set aside.
3. Next in the food processor blend the onion, and basil, put in the bowl with the burgul and meat. Add the kibbeh seasoning and salt and knead the ingredients until well combined for about 3 minutes.

MAKING
4. FOR THE STUFFING: In a pan on medium heat add 2 tablespoons of oil then add the meat and stir until mostly cooked, then add the onions, salt, nuts and seasoning and cook until lightly browned and well combined.
5. Shape the kibbeh into balls and stuff them with the stuffing.
6. Fry them in vegetable oil or make Bake in the oven at 350- 400 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

SERVING
7. In a serving plate, serve kibbeh with salad, yogurt or tzatziki sauce.

TIPS
Kibbeh seasoning if not available then replace it with the following spices: 1 teaspoon each of Allspice, ground cumin, ground coriander, nutmeg and ½ teaspoon each of black pepper, ground clove, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, dried sage.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Mediterranean
Course: 
Appetizer
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Croquette
Ingredient: 
Beef
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
120 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
240 Minutes
Servings: 
6
For all those who thought that cooking Kibbeh or Kibbe at home is almost impossible, this video series is a must watch. The video is in 2 parts - In this video the chef introduces the ingredients and equipment that would be required to make this dish in a simple way. Watch Part 2 for making the dish

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