Sunday, November 9, 2008

Baked Kibbe Recipe

Wonderful baked Kibbe recipe. Kibbe is an appetizer dish (mezzi) famous in Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian and Palestinian restaurants.


Filling 1
  • 2 lbs round steak (or lamb), trimmed of fat and ground twice
  • 1 cup bulgar wheat, medium grind
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • dash cinnamon
Soak the bulgar wheat in water for 1/2 hour, drain well and add the meat. Mix very well. .

Filling 2
  • 3/4 cup ground round
  • 1/2 cup grated onions
  • 1/2 cup pignola nuts
  • dash cinnamon or allspice
  • In a frying pan, saute the beef with the onions. Salt and pepper to taste; add a dash of either cinnamon or allspice.
  • In a separate frying pan, saute the pignola nuts is a small amount of oil (corn or canola). When finished, combine the pignola nuts with the beef/onion and mix well.
  • Now, take a baking pan and make three layers of the above fillings. Make the bottom layer 1/4" to 1/2" thick using Filling #1. Then make a middle layer 1/4"-1/2" thick using Filling #2. Finally make a top layer 1/4" - 1/2" thick using Filling #1.
  • Cut into 1" x 1" squares while still in the pan. Brush the top of the kibbe with butter (optional). Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. If you choose , you can brown the top at higher heat during the last 10 minutes of baking.


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