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Kibbeh

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Recipe

Serve these crisp-fried dumplings with a yogurt dip.

Yield: Makes 12 kibbeh
Prep time: 30 Mins, Plus Chilling <Br />
Cooking time: 25 Mins<Br />

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 oz (85g) ground sirloin or ground lamb
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the shells:

  • 1 cup bulgur (cracked wheat), soaked in cold water, drained, and pressed
  • 9 oz (250g) ground sirloin or ground lamb
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Special Equipment:

  • Deep-frying thermometer

Directions

1. To make the filling, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook about 6 minutes, until golden. Add the ground sirloin and cook, breaking up the meat, about 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Stir in the pine nuts and cinnamon and season with salt and pepper. Let cool.

2. Purèe the onion in a food processor. Add the bulgur, raw beef, and allspice and season with salt and pepper. Process until the mixture can be kneaded like a dough.

3. Moisten your hands with water. Flatten an egg-sized piece of the shell mixture to about ¼ in (5mm) thickness. Top with a portion of the filling and enclose the filling with the shell mixture. Shape the ends into points. Continue with the remaining shell mixture and filling to make a total of 12 kibbeh. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

4. Halfway fill a large frying pan with oil and heat over high heat to 350°F (170°C). In batches, add the kibbeh and deep-fry about 3 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

Notes

Caution: Soak the bulgur wheat for 20 mins in cold water, then drain, and squeeze out excess water before using.


© 2008 Dorling Kindersley
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 8 servings, 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving, and 4 cups added oil for frying.

439kcal (22%)
17mg (2%)
1mg (1%)
0mcg RAE (0%)
216mg
40mg
10g
0g
4g
14g
28mg (9%)
322mg (13%)
5g (24%)
39g (59%)
1mg (8%)
 

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