Kibbeh (Arabican Food)

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Kibbeh or kibbe it is also called kubbeh, kebbah or sometimes kubbi. This dish is shaped into ball or patty shape and baked or cooked in broth. This is considered as the national dish of Middle Eastern countries.

It is called kibbeh because in Arabic the meaning of Kibbeh is “ball”. The taste of this dish is very distinct, because of the recipe added to this dish. The Arabic is more of onions and some spices that is why it can be done spicy. There is many variation or types of Kibbeh, sometimes it is filled with cream cheese and this is made in Brazil, since Brazilian is more of cheese that is why they overcome with the idea of filling the Kibbeh with cream cheese.

If you want to try kibbeh here are the ingredients and you can make your own version. This one is Baked kibbeh.

Here are the ingredients:

For Filling

1 medium onion (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 lb ground lamb (not lean)
1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup pine nuts plus 2 tablespoons for garnish, all toasted
For Bulgur Mixture

1 cup fine bulgur (6 1/2 oz)
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 lb ground lamb (not lean)
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Accompaniment: plain yogurt
Special equipment: a 10-inch metal pie plate or a 10-inch cast-iron skillet


Make filling:

Heat pan, put oil and cook onion until golden brown. Add lamb, all spices, cinnamon, salt, pepper and cook, after 5minutes, remove from the heat.

Make bulgur mixture:

Preheat oven 400°F.

Cover the bulgur by 1inch with cold water in a bowl. The dust rises, pour water and rinse two times. Cover again and press hard to remove the excess water and transfer in a large bowl.
Place onion in food processor until finely chopped. Add allspices, cinnamon, pepper and especially the lamb.


Grease Pie Plate with oil. Place half of the mixture evenly onto the bottom. Brush the middle of the mixture with oil and spread the other half of the mixture and brush the top of the mixture with oil. Cook for about 35 to 49 minutes.
Let it stand for five minutes before serving.

Normally, the color of Kibbeh is brown; it is like brownies at first sight but with a big difference when it comes to taste. Try to make your own version by adding different ingredients but still, classic recipe will always be the best.

Happy Cooking!!!
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