Easy Lamb Recipe: Lamb Kibbeh with Parsley Salad

by Pamela

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Overheard conversation on February 14, 2012….

Wife: Hi honey, Happy Valentine’s Day! <kiss> How was your day?
Husband: Eh…You know…the usual, but not too bad.  Happy Valentine’s Day Honey <kiss – hands her gift wrapped box>
Wife:  Oh sweetheart, you are amazing…you do listen to me after all.  I love it! (I have no clue what she opened…I was eavesdropping)  This is for you.
Husband: Of course I listen to you, I love you. <opens box and chuckles> Thanks hon, this is cool I can definitely use this. <kiss>
Wife: Now I’ve got something else for you…come here…. (insert Frank Sinatra music here – what can I say, my neighbors people are predictable like that.)

Conversation between Craig and I on February 14, 2012

Me:  Hi Honey, Happy Valentine’s Day!  How was your day?
C:  HRMPH!
Me: I love you. <kiss>
C:  HRMPH!
Me:  Not only did I finally get new wipers for the car, but I got them changed out too.  Now you don’t have to do that.
C:  OMG…that is THE.BEST.VALENTINE’S.DAY.PRESENT.EVER!  <kiss-kiss-kiss>  I love you so much!
Me: I know, I rule!

But there was lamb kibbeh.

Yeah, we’re quite the romantic couple aren’t we.  Hey, don’t judge.  We exchanged cards at the ass crack of dawn while we were waiting for the coffee to brew.

I guess it would come as no surprise to you, after reading this ultra romantic exchange, that holidays aren’t really something we make a big deal about.  (We’re a pretty low maintenance couple.)  Holidays are acknowledged, but we tend to do things for each other randomly throughout the year.  It’s a bit more of a surprise that way and feels a little more genuine.  Plus, it makes me feel better on those days when I am convinced he doesn’t listen to a word I say then days later he comes home with something that I just mentioned in passing.

easy lamb recipe - lamb kibbeh

Craig’s latest request to me has been that I serve him “normal” food and quit making “weird” food.  By weird, he’s referring to the rabbit recipes that I’ve been making lately.  Yes, I’ve got more coming.  So no, I haven’t turned the kitchen into a chemistry set and started into molecular gastronomy.  Off the beaten path isn’t something Craig appreciates too much.

To placate his request, I broke out the ground lamb, which is about as much “weirdness” as he wants.  Given that half of the lamb recipes on this site use ground lamb, it’s safe to say this is a familiar protein for him, and thankfully one that he likes (since I am a lamb fiend and it’s going to be served up anyway…kind of like the rabbit).

Being a fan of Middle Eastern dishes, lamb kibbeh is something I frequently get from my local hole in the wall.  But I’m not too thrilled that it’s fried.  So I set out to recreate this easy lamb recipe that uses ground lamb and bulgur wheat for a filling and delicious change of pace from lamb burgers or meatballs.

You might be familiar with bulgur wheat from another popular Middle Eastern dish called tabbouleh.  But did you know that bulgur wheat is a whole grain that’s extremely nutritious?  It’s also high in fiber and protein and is an excellent (and more nutritious) substitute for white rice in many dishes.

One of the things that makes this an easy lamb recipe is the fact that you mix everything up in a bowl then press it into a pan and bake it – easy peasy.  Which means you’ve only got a couple of dishes to clean up when dinner’s done.  If you use one of those glass baking dishes, that has a lid, you can let the kibbeh cool, pop a lid on it and pop it into the fridge (even less stuff to have to wash).  I’m a bit obsessed with not having to wash dishes, since I don’t have any kitchen elves to help with this chore.

 Relationship Advice

I realize that not everyone is so low maintenance (and trust me…sometimes I can be pretty high maintenance).  But how can you tell if that person you’re seeing is high maintenance?  I mean, do you really need one more project in your life?  And let’s face it, people that fall into this category become something that you begin to resent over time, not love.

  • Expectations of expensive gifts – you give her a key to your apartment and she scrunches up her face and whines “but I wanted that diamond key pendant from Tiffany’s that I showed you in that magazine, not this.”
  • Mirror time – He spends more time in front of the mirror than you do.  The fact that he has more hair and face products in his bathroom than you do should have been your first clue.
  • Food issues – She claims she can’t eat this or that and each item has some long convoluted reason why she can’t put it in her mouth (that goes for other things too).  But when you ask her what she would like to eat, she can never seem to come up with anything.
  • Mama’s boy – He’s on the phone with his mother 2 or more times a week (and she’s not sick).  Is he constantly asking her questions about how to do simple household tasks or asking her to send him his favorite cookies?

These are some of the big classic signs that this person is probably more trouble than they’re worth…time to head for the hills.

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Recipe: Easy Lamb Recipe: Lamb Kibbeh with Parsley Salad

Ingredients

For Lamb Kibbeh

  • 3/4 Cup Bulgur Wheat
  • 1 Pound Ground Lamb
  • 1 Medium Brown Onion (grated)
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 Teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon White Pepper
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt

For Parsley Salad

  • 1 Large Bunch Parsley (leaves chopped and woody stems removed)
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Pomegranate Arils
  • Sliced Red Onions

For Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove (minced)

Instructions

For Lamb Kibbeh

  1. Soak bulgur wheat, in a medium size bowl filled with water, for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain and squeeze out as much water as you can (you can do this with your hands).
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
  4. In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients for the kibbeh and mix well.
  5. Lightly oil a 9″ round or 8″x8″ pan (bottom and sides) and press the kibbeh mixture into the pan. Make sure that the mixture is evenly spread in the pan (if it’s thicker in some areas it won’t cook evenly).
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Kibbeh is done when it’s lightly browned on top with browning at the edges that have pulled away slightly from the edges of the pan.

For Parsley Salad

  1. While the kibbeh is cooking, you can make up the parsley salad.
  2. Add parsley to a medium size bowl.
  3. Pour the olive oil and lemon juice into the parsley. Mix everything up. At this point you can set it aside or put it into the refrigerator to chill.

For Tahini Sauce

  1. In a small bowl whisk the tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic together. If you would like a thinner consistency you can add a bit more oil.
  2. Set aside or put into the refrigerator to chill.

Assembly

  1. Remove the kibbeh from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
  2. Place some of the parsley salad on a plate.
  3. Add a few of the red onion slices on top of the salad.
  4. Cut kibbeh into squares or triangles and place two on top of the salad.
  5. Drizzle some of the tahini dressing over the top.
  6. Sprinkle with pomegranate arils.

Quick notes

I use grated onion for the kibbeh because it gives up more water which keeps the meat moist and you won’t end up with discernable chunks of onion in the kibbeh.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Diet tags: Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: Middle Eastern

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4 comments

Jenny @ Savour the Senses February 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

When I first saw this, I thought it was a dessert hahaWhat a pretty dinner! Sounds delicious =)

sippitysup February 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

It’s like kibble for humans! GREG

Sara{OneTribeGourmet} February 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

love love Kibbeh…yours look delicious especially with the tasty Tahini sacue!

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