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    55 mins

    30 mins

    25 mins

    evelyn/athens's Note:

    A tasty, Middle-Eastern dish. I like this for lunch or as a snack. Fatoush Salad is the perfect accompaniment.

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    1. 1
      In a small bowl, soak bulgur in enough warm water to cover by 1 inch for 1 hour and drain.
    2. 2
      In a skillet, cook ½ cup chopped onion and garlic clove in 2 tblsps oil over moderate heat for 5 minutes or until the onion is softened.
    3. 3
      Add ¼ of the ground lamb, pine nuts, ¾ tsp allspice and ½ tsp salt and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until lamb is no longer pink.
    4. 4
      In a bowl combine the remaining lamb, bulgur, 1/3 cup chopped onion, 1 ½ tsps salt and 1 tsp allspice.
    5. 5
      Spread half of raw lamb in a buttered 1-quart baking dish; cover with cooked lamb, and top with remaining raw lamb, smoothing top.
    6. 6
      With a sharp knife, etch a diamond pattern on top of the ground lamb (where you intend to cut it once cooked), dot with butter and bake for 20-25 minutes.
    7. 7
      Cut into 4 pieces and serve hot or chilled.
    8. 8
      This is excellent eaten with tzatziki or plain greek-style yoghurt and Fatoush Salad Salad.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 02, 2010


      Very tasty. My husband has been on my case since I brought home a Mediterranean cookbook from the library to make kibbeh. I thought the recipes in the book looked way too fussy for me to make for dinner, so I figured I could check the website formerly known as Recipezaar for something easier. Here you are! I wasn't sure what to expect, having never tried kibbeh before. I used beef, because I don't like lamb. I really enjoyed it, especially with the Greek yogurt. My husband liked it, he already has ideas for different meats and nuts to try. Lol. My 4 year old son didn't like it, but he's 4. Thanks for posting a simple way to make a fussy dish that tastes really good.

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    • on January 08, 2011


      loved this! We used ground turkey and it was delish!

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    • on June 17, 2010


      I have used this recipe on a number of occasions using ground beef. I have served it to guests who really appreciated it and asked for the recipe. I made it using ground lamb for the first time yesterday. It was very delicious but not being used to the taste of ground lamb, I find I really prefer the beef, and will continue using ground beef in the future. It really is a terrific recipe, thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Kibbeh

    Serving Size: 1 (201 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 560.3
    Calories from Fat 444
    Total Fat 49.3 g
    Saturated Fat 20.0 g
    Cholesterol 113.2 mg
    Sodium 1314.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    Sugars 1.6 g
    Protein 20.8 g

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