Kibbe

Serves 4

Preparation time overnight

Cooking time 1 to 2 hours

A traditional Middle Eastern dish popular in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, Kibbe is a grain mixture bsed on bulgar wheat. This vegetarian version is simply baked in the oven, but is often made into patties and filled with meat or vegetables.Ingredients
225g/8oz Bulgar wheat, soaked overnight in 570ml/1 pint water
150ml/5fl oz water
¼ tsp salt
55g/2oz rolled oats
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
55g/2oz pimentos, chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
½ tsp dried sage,
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried thyme
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Method
1. Bring 150ml/5fl oz water to the boil, add the salt and stir. Then add the oats and reduce the heat.
2. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, then remove from the heat and put into a bowl. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
3. Add the bulgar wheat and any water remaining from soaking to the bowl.
4. Heat the olive oil in a frying pay, and saute the garlic, add the onions and pimentos and cook until soft.
5. Put into a bowl along with the remaining ingredients. Season to taste, mix well and put in a greased baking dish. Bake 1 hour.

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