Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
Mmm, I love kibbee......this is the way my grandmother and "the aunties" made it when I was a kid
- 1 cup Bulgar wheat
- 1 1⁄2 lbs lean ground lamb (or beef)
- 1⁄2 cup pine nuts
- 4 medium onions, minced
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon allspice
- 1⁄8 teaspoon clove
- Soak wheat for one hour.
- Squeeze to drain.
- Brown pine nuts and onions lightly over med-low heat.
- Remove from heat.
- Combine meat, wheat, and seasonings.
- Mix and knead for approx 10 minutes (Kitchen Aid is handy for this!) Divide in half.
- Form one layer in an 8x8 buttered baking dish.
- Top with onion and pine nut mixture, spreading evenly over meat.
- Lay on top layer of meat, pressing down (this is important), and smoothing.
- Run a spatula along the outer ridge, forming a ridge for the absorption of butter.
- Dip the spatula in cold water and start make cuts the length of the pan.
- Then go back across "crosswise" forming diamond shaped pieces.
- Glaze top with 3 tbsp melted butter.
- Bake at 400°F for 20-30 minutes or until browned.
- Serve with sour cream, if desired.
My husband is Lebanese and when I made this he said it was just like what his Mom used to make! The only thing I did different was I only had 3 onions and I added 2 cloves of garlic to the onion and pine nuts mixture. This is absolutely an authentic Lebanese dish and it is delicious!
Really good, according to my husband and our dinner guests last night. I don't eat meat, so didn't sample any, but they certainly gave a thumbs-up! I formed it into patties and had my husband cook it on the grill, and that added a nice touch, I think. I'll use this again, for sure.
This was really nice. I've never had kibbee before, at least not that I'm aware of. *LOL* This is a very easy recipe to make, but it's tasty... comfort food with a healthy kick from the nutritious bulgur wheat. I used lean ground beef and halved the recipe. Thanks for posting!