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Recipe by Jacqueline Elbaz

Kibbeh Pomegranate

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Meat Meat
Easy Easy
15 Servings
Allergens

No Allergens specified

Kibbeh balls are a classic Syrian dish, but made here with a tart Rosh Hashanah twist!

 

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Ingredients

Kibbeh Hamda

  • 1 pound very lean ground beef

  • 3/4 cup uncooked ground rice (ground by butcher or in a spice grinder)

  • salt

  • pepper, to taste

Filling

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or schmaltz

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Pomegranate Sauce

  • 1 and 1/2 cups 100% pomegranate juice, such as Heaven & Earth

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons oot (tamarind)

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

For Serving

  • pomegranate seeds

  • fresh mint

  • rice

To Finish

  • 1 red onion, chopped

Directions

Prepare the Kibbeh

1.

Grind rice and meat together. Add salt and pepper to taste. (Alternately, Syrian butchers have already-prepared Kibbeh Hamda meat, already mixed with rice, so you can skip the step of making your own if you have access to this.)

2.

Combine filling ingredients well. Mix a little oil and a few drops of fresh lemon juice on a plate. Dip your finger in this mixture to prevent from sticking. Roll the shell mixture (hamda) into about 15 to 24 one-inch balls.

3.

Hollow each ball with your finger and fill with about one teaspoon of filling.

4.

Close the opening by pinching it together firmly. Kibbeh balls may be frozen prior to cooking.

Prepare the Pomegranate Sauce

1.

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil and simmer for five to 10 minutes.

To Finish

1.

In a separate pot, sauté red onion until translucent.

2.

Add the kibbeh balls and let brown.

3.

Add sauce and bring to a boil.

4.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

5.

Before serving, add fresh pomegranate seeds and chopped fresh mint.

6.

Serve over rice.

Kibbeh Pomegranate

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