Kibbee is a Syrian dish made with meat and bulgur wheat stuffed with cheese and walnuts. This recipe is from Walima Cooking Challenge ,April 2010. I missed many of their challenges with all the delicious middleeastern recipes.
Syrian food mostly consists of southern mediterranean,greek,asian,turkish and also french. To read more about Syrian history and cuisine click here.
When i first read this recipe i thought what a brilliant, you get all your carbohydrates,protein,calcium and vitamins in one dish. When we tasted this dish it took us back to Edgware road,London,where we use to have middleeastern food in some nice restaraunts. I can't wait to try the on coming challenges, i even want to try all the previous challenges if time permits.
Bulgur wheat-500 g
Lean lamb-500 g
1 tsp of middle eastern spice mix(black pepper,white pepper,nutmeg,cinnamon,all spice,cloves)
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
2 tsp of ginger garlic paste( this was not in the actual recipe)
Salt to taste
Ghee or melted butter to brush on top
For the stuffing:
Toasted walnut,almonds chopped or pine nuts- about 10 pieces
1 tsp of chilli powder
Soak the bulgur wheat in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. Blend the bulgur wheat and onion in a food processor,then add the meat and spices blend it well. It should be like a nice dough. Take it out of the blender and knead together the dough.
For the stuffing mix together the cheese ,chilli powder and walnuts.
Prepare the kibbee by greasing a ramekin dish and line it with cling film. Divide the dough into egg size balls ,place the balls inside the dish,flatten it and make it like a well in the center,place a tbsp of stuffing inside ;close the balls and make it like a dome shape at the top.Repeat it with the remaining dough.
Preheat the oven to 200 degree celsius.Place the kibbee on the baking sheet and brush it on top with melted butter. Bake it for about 20 minutes on each side and brown on top.
Serve it with fresh salad and garlic and mint yogurt.