What is Bulgur?

Fine and coarse bulgur side by side in a blue bowl

Bulgur is a staple of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, used in dishes like tabbouleh. This grain one of the healthiest you can eat for its nutrient-rich qualities. Find bulgur, both fine and coarse, here. What is bulgur? Bulgur is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, as it has been for thousands of years. This…

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Lebanese Pumpkin Kibbeh

Kibbeh is a Lebanese tradition of meat or pureed vegetables with bulgur wheat, spices and fillings. Pumpkin kibbeh is a simple vegetarian Lebanese kibbeh recipe filled with spinach and chickpeas. My fascination with pumpkin kibbeh began years ago when I was first scouring Lebanese cookbooks of all stripes. I had no idea, growing up as…

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Potato Kibbeh

Potato kibbeh in a square dish

Potato kibbeh is deeply savory with a lemony spinach filling. Very delicious on its own or served with a garlicky yogurt sauce with mint. We’ve had this conversation before, about dishes that are traditionally made with meat that are then turned into something new, vegetarian-style. The inspiration for the change-up had to be rooted in…

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Kibbeh Sahnieh in a Round Pan

Kibbeh sahnieh in a round pan, cut in diamonds

Learn here how to cut a round kibbeh sahnieh into diamonds! To make this classic Lebanese kibbeh sahnieh, use a large pan, 14-16 inches, and layer the kibbeh with a lemony meat and onion filling. Bake and broil until deep golden brown, and you’re golden too! While I’ve been diving in whenever possible lately to…

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Kibbeh in Yogurt Sauce, Kibbeh bi Laban

Lebanese Kibbeh in Yogurt Sauce, Maureen Abood.com

Kibbeh with yogurt sauce is such a luscious way to prepare Lebanese kibbeh. The little kibbeh balls, or arras kibbeh, are poached in laban or yogurt which is seasoned with lots of dried mint. Topping the kibbeh with yogurt sauce with garlicky olive oil infused with fresh parsley and mint is sophisticated, beautiful, and delicious.…

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Fried Kibbeh Bites with Tahini Dipping Sauce

Kibbeh bites on a platter with tahini sauce, Maureen Abood

Fried kibbeh bites are so delicious that we make them not just with leftover kibbeh, but with kibbeh made just for this purpose. Perfect with a cocktail.  There always seems to be a question around here about how much to make. Of anything. It doesn’t matter what the dish in question is. We’re in constant:…

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Tomato Kibbeh

Tomato kibbeh on a blue and white platter with mint and olive oil, Maureen Abood

Tomato kibbeh is a flavorful mix of fine bulgur, onion, herbs, and ripe tomatoes with kibbeh spices. So good, tomato kibbeh might just make you forget the raw meat version…. When he told me he was more or less done with meat, I didn’t believe him. It was last spring, and the brother of mine…

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Kibbeh Footballs, Arras Kibbeh

Kibbeh Footballs, MaureenAbood.com

Kibbeh footballs, or “arras kibbeh” is an incredibly delicious and beautiful way to prepare classic Lebanese kibbeh. The balls are shaped with the kibbeh and stuffed with househ, a lemony meat/onion/pine nut mixture. Read more about kibbeh meat here, and kibbeh recipes here and here. Try poaching uncooked arras in laban, comfort food at it’s best.…

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Lebanese Baked Kibbeh

Baked kibbeh in a glass baking dish, cut in decorative squares, Maureen Abood

Baked Kibbeh: You say meatloaf, I say meat love Baked Kibbeh is a Lebanese tradition and a favorite way to make kibbeh. This savory dish fills the kitchen with an unforgettably delicious aroma while it’s baking. We like to eat kibbeh raw (kibbeh nayeh) the first day it’s made, then bake it in a sahnieh…

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