Baked kibbeh, a traditional Lebanese recipe made with ground beef/lamb combined with bulgar wheat (cracked wheat) , pine nuts and few spices
As we are in 18 th day of Ramadan Alhmdhulila. Days are going fast let’s all make use of at best.. I know for the Iftar we always prefer to have some fried snack for a change I have come up with a baked healthy dish.
There is variation in kibbeh it come in various shapes and forms.. usually Kibbeh is deep fried .but today’s recipe is baked version.. In arabic restuarents it is served as a starter …And feel that this baked version can be served a main course too when served with a dip and a salad.
The minced lamb filling is sandwiched between the burglar wheat mixture and baked till crisp.
1hour 15 minutes
To make your stuffing:
In a pan saute the onion in olive oil until soft.
Stir in the minced meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, then, as it browns, season with salt and spices
When the meat has browned all over, and most of its water has been dried off turn off the heat and add the pine nuts and allow to cool
To make th top and base
Soak the bulgur wheat in cold water for an hour (but no longer)
Drain the water off and place the bulgur into a sieve and leave it to drain for 15 minutes
Pulse the meat, onion, egg, bread crumbs and seasoning in the food processor until it is smooth then add the bulgur gradually to the food processor and pulse until you incorporate the whole amount of the bulgur.
Knead the meat and bulgur mixture until it is smooth and homogenous
To make your kibbeh:
Grease your baking dish
Get a bowl of water and wet your hands.
Take half of the meat and bulgur mix and spread it in the base of the baking dish.
Spread the stuffing over the base leaving 1 cm (0.5 inch) margin
Spread the other half of the meat and bulgur mix on a piece of parchment paper until it is slightly larger that your pan
Use the parchment to transfer the top onto the baking dish
cut the excess
With your wet hands smooth the top and press from the center to the edges to expel any air trapped between the layers.
Cut in the pattern you like into the kibbeh using a wet knife.
Pour the 1/4 cup of olive oil on top of the kibbeh
Bake in a 180 degree oven for an hour or until the edges are golden brown.