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Kibbee Lebanese Style Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Kibbee Lebanese Style

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"Simple Lebanese style lamb kibbee. It's a traditional basic recipe. Kibbee is to Middle Eastern cooking what a meatball is to Italian cooking. If you can not make it, stay out of the kitchen. I am not Lebanese by the way, but worked for 2 decades in a restaurant serving this type of food. I am actually Ukrainian."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square baking dish.
  2. Soak bulgur in hot water until the bulgur expands and cools, about 10 minutes. Place the bulgur, mint, allspice, pepper, cinnamon, salt, onion, parsley, and lamb in a food processor. Process until well mixed, about 1 minute. Divide the lamb mixture and layer half in the baking dish, creating a large patty. Sprinkle pine nuts over the meat, then layer the remaining lamb on top, patting firmly. Cut the kibbee into 1 1/2 inch squares.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the lamb is no longer pink in the middle, 30 to 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 24, 2009

Personally, this is one of my most favorite - eaten tartare. While I know raw meat can be dangerous, if you have the stomache, this dish is wonderful!! Raw or cooked.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 17, 2012

My family liked these, but they were a lot of work. Not good for my busy life.


14 Ratings

May 13, 2010

My Lebanese grandma taught me how to make the classic fried football shaped kibbeh, and while delicious, they were time consuming! This is so much easier and tastes just as delicious. I made a yogurt mint sauce to go with them. Yum!!

Jan 11, 2010

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! This was the most moist kibbee my family has ever had! I ended up baking it for 32 minutes. All the flavors were there. My only suggestion is that it needs more salt to bring all those wonderful flavors out. I served this with plain non-fat yogurt and pita. Super easy to prepare. My husband is ecstatic that he'll no longer have to wait to eat this dish at his parents' house now that I can make it!

May 03, 2010

This was the perfect recipe to get me started making a Lebanese meal. Our favorite restaurant when we lived in Arlington, VA was the Lebanese Taverna. I followed the recipe exactly but did form the meat into small(2-3 in.)football shaped pieces. I browned them all over in a hot cast-iron skillet, then let them cook a little longer(15-20 min.)on medium. I also made the garlic sauce recipe on this sight to serve for dipping with the kibbee as an appetizer. Yum!

Mar 10, 2011

Delicious combination of spices. I only had ground sirloin in the house so I substituted this for the lamb. YUM. I also served with yogurt and a traditonal tabouli salad.

Apr 18, 2012

Very easy to make and very tasty. Thank you

Aug 16, 2011

Made these for a BBQ and they were a big hit. Served them with tabouleh salad and mint and yoghurt dressing, in pita bread pockets. Excellent.


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  • Calories
  • 417 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.8 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 83 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 29 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 4 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 22.4 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 219 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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