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Simple Kibbeh

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Kibbeh, or "ball," is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. Made with lamb or beef, these crunchy croquettes are a flavorful blend of fragrant herbs and spices, filling meat, and hearty bulgur. These spiced bulgur balls are first stuffed with meatballs, then fried, or baked. It's delicious as an appetizer or side dish served with hummus, yoghurt dip or tahini dip.
If you want to make them in airfryer, just spray the prepared kibbeh with olive oil and place in your air fryer basket. Set to 190C/ 375F and cook for 12 to 14 minutes, turning halfway through.

Bulgur DoughFillingTahini Dip
  • 300 g Bulgur, fine
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 500 ml Boiling water
  • 1 Onion, finely diced
  • 10 Mint, finely chopped
  • 10 Parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Sultanas/golden raisins
  • 200 g Ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika powder
  • 1/3 tsp Allspice powder
  • 2 Ice cubes
  • Sesame seeds for coating, optional
  • Oil, for frying
  • 30 g Pine nuts, roasted
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 250 g Ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 80 g Full fat Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • Black pepper
  1. Place bulgur and salt in a large bowl. Add in boiling water and set aside for 15 minutes. Finely chop the onion and herbs. Soften the golden raisins in a bowl of hot water. Drain.
  2. Mix together the ground beef, bulgur, onions, herbs, salt, pepper, spices, golden raisins and ice cubes. Process the mixture in batches in a food processor to a sticky, smooth, dough-like consistency. Divide the mixture into 18 portions and shape each into a ball. Cover with a plastic film and set aside while you prepare the filling.
  3. Place all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Divide the filling into 18 portions.
  4. Poke a hole in the dough ball, making a pocket for the filling. Add ground meat filling and pinch the top to seal the ball. Coat with sesame seeds if using.
  5. Combine all tahini dip ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. Chill until ready for use. In a deep frying pan or deep-fryer, add enough oil and heat to 180C/350F. Fry the kibbeh in batches until golden brown and crunchy, or about 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve hot or warm with tahini dip.

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Brian 29/10/21 00:53

Those sound so good and I'll bet they are really good in an air fryer!

Marissa 29/10/21 01:05

Kibbeh is new to me, but sounds wonderful!

Tom 29/10/21 02:22

...these are new for me!

J.P. Alexander 29/10/21 04:19

Gracias por la receta. se ven tan ricos. Te mando un beso y de seguro lo haré.

Gloria Baker 29/10/21 05:42

We love Kibbeh Angie , I have to try your recipe sounds delicious!!

babYpose 29/10/21 07:35

Sounds like kebab, looks delicious, sure good with middle east hummus. Thanks dear Angie for the recipe.

Nancy Chan 29/10/21 08:45

Something new to me. I am trying to imagine how it taste like. It does look and sound delicious.

delphine 29/10/21 09:55

C'est très appétissant merci pour ta recette

DEZMOND 29/10/21 10:12

I like those dark plates of yours.

New Classic r 29/10/21 12:22

Angie, thanks for the introduction to kibbeh. It is a very interesting recipe.

Cooking Julia 29/10/21 14:58

They look gorgeous, I would love tasting this dish!

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 29/10/21 16:00

I've never actually tried Kibbeh, but this combination of flavours and textures sound delightful. These croquettes look festive, too!

Kitchen Riffs 29/10/21 16:29

I've never made these! Always a restaurant thing for me. Yours look good -- I should definitely try your recipe. Thanks!

Pam 29/10/21 18:35

I've never had a kibbeh before but I am pretty sure I would love them!

Julie 29/10/21 18:39

wow !! these look so cute and yummy.. can try these for the holidays :)

The-FoodTrotter 29/10/21 20:11

I've never tried doing kibbeh but your recipe seems indeed pleasantly simply, since kibbeh can be sometime a bit complex to achieve :)

Bill 29/10/21 20:21

I'm not familiar with this dish but it does look good.

claire 29/10/21 21:43

I remember I was making something similar from turkey minced meat, with raisins too! This is very good :-) And I adore bulgur!

bread&salt 29/10/21 22:42

Dear Angie! We consume kibbeh as a snack (street food) alot in daily life. Your recipe looks great. Lemon juice and kibbeh combination is amazing in cold times.

gluten Free A_Z Blog 30/10/21 01:21

Oh Angie,
This recipe brings back such good memories. My mother-in-law (from Egypt) used to make these for the family on special occasions. We all loves it and she made a vegetarian version with mushrooms for me. Your presentation is beautiful (as always) and your recipe looks delicious.

Balvinder 30/10/21 01:44

Never had Kibbeh but it looks so delicious. I just have to try this with some gluten free grain.

mjskit 30/10/21 03:38

Very interesting croquettes. I've never seen them before but wouldn't hesitate to try them if I saw them on a menu. Love the mix of ingredients and all those flavors.

Graciela Bacino 30/10/21 07:14

Delicioso Angie!! Tentador!
El problema es conseguir aquí algunos de los ingredientes.
Solución para conformarse; sustituir por otros, lo más semejante posible.
Te deseo un muy bonito fin de semana y que disfrutes vuestros bocados!!
Preciosa publicación como siempre; bien explicada y cuidada estética.

eileeninmd 30/10/21 11:35

Hello, Angie
Your croquettes look and sound delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipes. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

savorthebest 30/10/21 16:42

I love snack foods. I could snack all day ;)

ALLIE NYC 30/10/21 23:07

Oh wow this sounds so good! It looks so delish, this is the kind of food I usually go out for, good job making this!

Allie of

Torviewtoronto 31/10/21 02:01

I haven't made kibbeh before looks colourful and healthy

Nammi 31/10/21 05:50

this looks so nice, I always wanted to try one of these
By the way I am so sorry I mistakenly removed your comment while trying to remove a spam comment which was posted right below it.

Martyna 31/10/21 07:58

This looks very delicious 😊

Happy Retiree's Kitchen 31/10/21 11:03

I enjoy Middle Eastern food,and love Kibbeh but I've never made it. Thanks for the clever recipe and the inspiration Angie. Kibbeh is now on my list. Beautiful photos as always. x

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 31/10/21 12:47

I just bought bulgur to make lamb kibbie but I cant find lamb. I will try this. Whats the measure in cup size for 300

My name is Erika. 31/10/21 18:16

These kibbeh look delicious. I haven't had any for probably 20 years-time to change that. You also made them look so delicious on that bed of greens. I'm not good at setting up my food, more just shooting photos of it, but you do a fantastic job not only with recipes but with making the food look like eye candy. Happy Halloween and end of October. Hugs-Erika

foodtravelandwine 31/10/21 19:49

I love the way you plate it!!....your kibbeh looks wonderful and delicious!!....Abrazotes, Marcela

Rose world 31/10/21 22:53

I love croquettes and made them myself once at home, so I bet I would like kibbeh.

Angie's Recipes 1/11/21 08:33

@Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine I am not familiar with American measurement..I guess it would be around 2 cups?

[Reply] 1/11/21 13:16

I've never had kibbeh, it sounds wonderful!

The Velvet Runway 1/11/21 17:06

These look amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Julia x

Raymund 3/11/21 22:26

That looks good, would definitely love snacking on them

The Yum List 4/11/21 10:58

Gosh, you are making me hungry.

The Yum List 7/11/21 12:20

I would love to try these (please).


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