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Authentic Homemade Kibbeh

If you've never had Kibbeh before you have no idea what you're missing out on! This is a delicious middle eastern food that has been enjoyed by many for generations. 

"My Turkish 'Safta Rachel' used to make this every time I would visit and it was always my favorite thing to eat as a kid! Her recipe was passed on from her mother and her mother's mother... and now I'm sharing it with you." - Donna Attias


Kibbeh x4
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  • 6Servings


Kibbeh shell

  • 8 ounces Fine Bulgur
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Jamie Geller Baharat
  • 2/3 cups Water
  • 8 ounces Ground Beef

Kibbeh filling

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 an Onion, diced
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Jamie Geller Baharat
  • 1 tablespoon Pine Nuts
  • 4 ounces Ground Beef
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. In a bowl, mix the fine bulgur, salt and Jamie Geller Baharat. Add the water and keep mixing until well combined (you can use your hands). It will appear a little flaky. 
  2. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef and combine it well. Fridge for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a frying pan add the olive oil and the onion and fry on medium heat until softened. Add salt & pepper, Jamie Geller Baharat and the pine nuts and mix a few minutes. 
  5. Add the ground beef and mix, breaking up the meat. When the meat is cooked set aside. 
  6. Use your finger to put saran wrap into a wine glass making sure it fits into it around the edges. Take the bulgur-meat mix out of the fridge and place a spoonful into the glass. Use two fingers to press it down and around the edges of the glass. Make sure to leave a hole in the middle for the filling.
  7. Add about 1/2 a tablespoon of the filling into the hole. Carefully take the wrap out of the glass making sure to press the outside shell of the kibbeh around the filling.
  8. Use your hands to keep shaping the kibbeh. Unwrap and keep shaping the kibbeh by pressing the top and bottom of it to stick out like a cone.  
  9. Tip: Keep your hands wet while you shape so it doesn't stick to the kibbeh. 
  10. Heat up a generous amount of oil in a frying pan. Fry the kibbeh for a few minutes on each side. Enjoy!