Raw Kibbee (Kibbee Nayee)
1. Rinse bulghur twice in cold water, drain, and cover to 1/2 " with fresh water
2. In large bowl combine onion and spices.
3. Stir to blend well.
4. Add meat and
knead thoroughly by hand.
5. Squeeze any unabsorbed water from the bulghur and add it to the meat mixture.
Knead until well blended...add ice water as necessary to keep a very soft (but not mushy!) consistency.
This is often served raw (but not by me!!). To do so, place it on a plate and shape into a round with a slightly flat top.
Drizzle with melted butter or olive oil; or spread yogurt on top. Can also be served with Housie on the side.
1. Saute the onion and pine nuts in butter until onion is tender and nuts are golden
brown. (Be careful to not burn the pine nuts.)
2. Add ground meat and cook until no longer pink.
spices and stir - may taste and adjust spices at this point.
4. Set aside to cool.
Baked Kibbee (Kibbee Sineyee)
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Divide a batch of raw kibbee in half.
3. Pat one portion evenly in the bottom of a buttered 8" x 12" pan.
4. Layer the housie over it.
Shape the remaining raw kibbee into thin patties and place these next to one another over the filling.
their edges together to make a smooth top layer.
7. Cut into squares of two or three inches and score the top of
each with an X from corner to corner.
8. Dot with butter and bake for about 45 minutes - or until bottom is done
and top is browned.
May be served hot or cold. I love it cold dipped in spicy mustard!
I got this recipe originally from my sister-in-law. My brother is a big hunter and liked to take Kibbee Footballs into
the woods with him to eat. They also make a great hiking snack! Here is how to make the footballs, if you are interested!
Kibbee Footballs (Arras Mishwee)
Make a thin flat patty from the raw kibbee (hamburger style) and place a heaping
tablespoon of housie in the center. Wrap the sides up and with moistened hands, roll gently in your hands to shape into footballs.
Or you may form the football shapes, poke a hole in it and stuff the hole with Housie! May be deep fried or baked.
To bake: place on a buttered cookie sheet and brush with melted butter. Bake in a preheated oven at 350ºF for 25-30 minutes,
or until a dark golden brown.