Let me first start off by saying that I love Middle Eastern Cuisine. It really doesn’t matter to me where it’s from; Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt. I love it all!! The spices are exotic, the preparation techniques are ancient, and the food of course is delicious!
I love kibbeh. It’s the first thing I order at my favorite Lebanese restaurant and most often I’ll get an order to go once finished. I don’t want to get into the origin of Kibbeh because for the sake of this post it really doesn’t matter. Let’s just say that there are many, many versions of Kibbeh depending on what country you are in. This version leans towards the Lebanese influence and It is scrumtious!
In my kibbeh making research I came across a website (Authentic Lebanese Recipes | Zaatar and Zaytoun) that really intrigued me. I wanted to make a Kibbeh that was as good or even better than the ones I could buy at my local restaurant. The recipe I settled on (with a few minor adjustments) came out spectacular.
Before you embark on your kibbeh making adventures I want to warn you that this recipe is a labor of love. It’s not a fast and quick 30 minute meal. It does take some time and patience. There is a skill to forming those beautiful pieces of fried kibbeh goodness. I would suggest trying your hand at it at least once to see the amount of work that goes into making each delicious morsel.
An Easier Way to Make Kibbeh
Now that we have our disclaimer out of the way let me share with you 2 slightly easier ways to form your kibbeh. The first is an absolute no brainer and the second is a faster and cooler way to make the more traditional shapes. Let me explain:
The first way I’ll call kibbeh ravioli. To make these all you have to do is flatten out a little kibbeh shell mix on a piece of parchment paper (so it doesn’t stick) then add a spoon full of your kibbeh filling right on top. Next add a top layer of your kibbeh shell mix on top and seal the edges. Voila!! Fry and enjoy. Yeah it’s not traditional but it will still be delicious!!
The other way is to use a meat grinder with a special kibbeh attachment that is made specifically for Kibbeh. This grinder is sold by the Sausage Maker and the grinder attachment is sold separately. Once you have your kibbeh shell mix made, just run it through the grinder with this special attachment and it will act like an extrusion plate (similar to a pasta maker). What will come out will be your preformed tubes ready for you to fill with your kibbeh meat filling.
I wouldn’t expect that you would buy a meat grinder just to make kibbeh but if you follow my blog and you tube channel you just might find yourself in the market for one of these very versatile units. BTW – It also has a juicer attachment and slicer/shredder attachment in case you were wondering.
Enjoy the video and the recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask away. If you make this at home I’d love to hear about how it came out!!
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