Kibbeh Recipe (How to Make Kibbeh) #appetizers #comfortfood

Kibbeh Recipe (How to Make Kibbeh) #appetizers #comfortfood

Right now, a blend of bulgur wheat, onions, and ground meat shapes an empty shell for a tasty stuffing. Encompassed in warm and natural Middle Eastern flavors like allspice and ground cinnamon, kibbeh is the embodiment of Middle Eastern solace nourishment. The kibbeh croquettes can be pan fried or heated, and are frequently filled in as mezze or side dish. See more on kibbeh and the bit by bit instructional exercise underneath!

Stuffing kibbeh is a recreational action that Middle Eastern ladies pay attention to as they do stuffing zucchini or moving bundles of rice-filled cabbage leaves. It's sort of a serious deal. A privilege of section, maybe. In the event that you developed in that piece of the world, it's expected that your mom and the women of your locale would have prepared you to make kibbeh when you turned 15!

That was not the situation for me. My nearest experience with kibbeh occurred just a couple of years prior in my relative Michigan kitchen. She made kibbeh in enormous clusters on the ordinary. Some for the family, and significantly more for their then family-claimed café. I watched her structure the kibbeh so accurately into little ovals, progressively like smaller than normal footballs. She made it look so natural!

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Kibbeh Recipe (How to Make Kibbeh) #appetizers #comfortfood

For the Kibbeh (the actual dough that forms the kibbeh shells)

  • 2 1/2 cupsfine bulgur wheat
  • Water
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef (or lamb)
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch salt
  • Oil for frying

For the Meat Filling

  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 lb ground lamb or beef (I used beef here), cold
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt and pepper


  1. Cover a fine mesh strainer with a light cloth (a cheesecloth, if you have one). Add the bulgur wheat in, then place the strainer into a bowl filled with water. Let the fine bulgur wheat soak in the water for 15 minutes, then pull the cloth, holding the bulgur, and squeeze all the water out. You may do this a couple of times until you are sure the bulgur is rid of water. Set aside for now.
  2. Now make the kibbeh (the actual dough that you will later use to form the kibbeh shells). Put the onion, ground beef, spices and pinch of salt into the bowl of a large food processor. Process until the meat is very finely ground almost into a paste. Transfer the meat mixture into a large bowl and add the bulgur wheat. Use damp hands to combine the bulgur with the meat mixture to make a dough. Cover and refrigerate until later.
  3. Now make the filling. Heat about 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet or frying pan. Saute the onion until just golden, then add the ground beef. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the meat is fully browned. Add the toasted pine nuts, the spices, and the salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Remove the kibbeh dough from the fridge.
  5. To stuff the kibbeh, you need to have damp hands. Place a small bowl of water next to you. Prepare a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper.
  6. With both the bowl of kibbeh dough and the filling near, you can begin stuffing the kibbeh. Dampen your hands with some water, take a handful of the kibbeh dough (about 2 tbsp or so) and form into somewhat of an oval-shaped disc in the palm of one hand. Use your finger to make a well in the middle of the disc, and gradually hallow the disc out to make a larger well or hole for the filling. Using a spoon, add about 1 tablespoon of the filling. Seal the dough on top and, using both hands, carefully shape it into an oval (football-type shape). Place the stuffed kibbeh on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat the stuffing steps until you run out, be sure to have damp hands throughout.
  7. Chill the stuffed kibbeh for 1 hour.
  8. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan to 350 degrees F (you’ll want the oil hot enough that you can see some gentle bubbling, but not too hot where it will burn the kibbeh shells). Deep-fry the kibbeh in the hot oil, in batches being carefully not to crowd them, until the kibbeh shells are brown (about 5 minutes or so). With a slotted spoon or tongs, carefully remove the kibbeh and place them on a pan lined with paper towel to drain. Repeat until you have fried all the stuffed kibbeh.
  9. Serve hot or at room temprature with tahini sauce, tzatziki sauce or plain Greek yogurt. Enjoy!

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