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Fried Kibbi Balls [Akras Kibbi Maklieh]:
Submitted by: Madame Wardeh | Date Added: 18 Jul 2010
Listed in: Lebanese Dishes
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• 1 kg (32 oz)(5 cups) fine burghul (cracked wheat)
• 1 kg (32oz) finely ground lean meat (ask for kibbi meat if available)
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 large onion
• 1 cup iced water or ice
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground allspice
• 6 cups vegetable oil (for deep fry)
• 500 g (16 oz) minced meat
• 2 tablespoons shortening
• 5 medium onions, finely chopped
• 1 cup fried pine nuts
• ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
• a pinch of salt
• a dash of ground cinnamon
• a dash of ground all spice

• Wash burghul under running water then soak in water for about 10 minutes.
• Drain then press to remove moisture as much as possible.
• Mash onion in the food processor then add minced meat in batches.
• Remove and place aside.
• Mix meat mixture with burghul, salt, allspice, and cinnamon.
• Process well in batches into a firm paste.
• Knead mixture with wet hands into a smooth paste.
• Put in refrigerator for 30 minutes covered with a piece of wet texture.

• Fry chopped onion with a dash of salt in shortening until transparent.
• Add minced meat, salt and spices to onions and fry until cooked.
• Mix in pine nuts.
• Put filling aside.
• Divide paste into egg sized balls.
• Dip your hands in cold water then roll each ball between the palms of your hands until smooth.
• Make a hole in the middle with your forefinger.
• Work finger round in the hole until you have a shell of even thickness.
• Fill hole with filling mixture and close opening.
• Moisten with cold water to seal well and to shape with two pointed sides. (If any breaks appear in shell, close with wet fingers)
• Place balls on a tray.
• Heat oil in a pan then fry till brown evenly and cooked.
• Serve kibbi hot with salads and yoghurt.
Additional Notes
Its a good idea to have multiple pans going at one time to make the cook ... otherwise the 2 hours could turn into a half a day. :)