Recipe

Baked kibbeh

Considered the national dish of many Middle Eastern nations, Kibbeh, is made of burghul, minced onions and finely ground lean beef, lamb, goat or camel meat with and mixed spices.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs 40 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

Kibbeh
  • 1 1/2 cup (240 grams) burghul
  • 2 teaspoon coarse cooking salt
  • 1 large brown onion, finely chopped
  • 500 gram finely minced lamb
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup (125 millilitres) iced water
  • 20 gram butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 millilitres) olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
Filling
  • 250 gram coarsely minced lamb
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon coarse cooking salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 3/4 cup (120 grams) pine nuts, toasted

Method

Baked kibbeh
  • 1
    Oil 25cm x 32cm baking dish.
  • 2
    In a medium bowl, cover burghul with cold water; stand 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, sprinkle salt over onion; stand 10 minutes.
  • 4
    Make filling.
  • 5
    Drain burghul, squeezing with hands to remove as much water as possible.
  • 6
    Rinse onion under cold water; squeeze dry in absorbent paper.
  • 7
    In a large bowl, combine burghul, onion, lamb, pepper, allspice and the iced water; knead about 10 minutes or until mixture forms a smooth paste. (To ensure kibbeh mixture stays cold and smooth, knead in a small piece of ice from time to time.)
  • 8
    Using wet hands, press half the kibbeh mixture evenly over base of dish.
  • 9
    Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced.
  • 10
    Drain away oil from filling; spread filling evenly over kibbeh layer. Shape remaining kibbeh mixture into large patties; place patties over filling. Using wet hands, join patties to cover filling completely; smooth top with wet hands. Using wet knife, cut through kibbeh to form diamond shapes. Dot each diamond with a pinch of butter.
  • 11
    Drizzle kibbeh evenly with oil. Cook, uncovered, about 1½ hours or until cooked through. Drain away excess oil before serving.
Filling
  • 12
    Heat oil in medium frying pan; cook lamb, stirring, over high heat, until browned all over. Add onion; cook, stirring, until browned lightly. Stir in spices and seasonings; remove from heat, stir in nuts.

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