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30 min

4 servings


gemiddelde waardering 4 uit 5, gebaseerd op 2 stemmen, beoordelingen

Kibbeh is known as the national dish of Lebanon. It consists of a mixture of minced meat and dough, which you fill with onions, pine nuts and meat. Although the croquette-like oval shape implies something else, the word 'kibbeh' is derived from the Arabic 'kubbah', meaning ball. Note: do not use normal bulgur from a regular supermarket for this recipe, but a finer variant (available at the Turkish or Asian supermarket).

Prep time: 30 minutes

Oven time: 60 minutes


Preparation method


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Step 1: Prepare the meat mixture

  • Wash the uncooked bulgur in a sieve with cold water.

  • Chop the onion and finely grind it in a food processor.

  • Add the bulgur, minced meat, onion, black pepper, cinnamon and salt to taste and mix together.

  • Then add a little bit of cold water and make a ball of the mixture.

Step 2: Prepare the filling

  • Melt the butter over low heat

  • Chop the onion and fry it in the pan with the butter.

  • Once the onion is translucent, add the pine nuts. Stir frequently until the pine nuts are brown.

  • Add the minced meat and turn up the heat.

  • Add the black pepper and cinnamon while stirring.

  • Once the minced meat is cooked, remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool.

Step 3. Make the Kibbeh

  • Take a little bit of dough and roll it into a ball with a diameter of 4 cm.

  • Press a hole in the ball with your fingers and fill it with about 1 tbsp of the filling.

  • Close the ball and shape it into an oval kibbeh. Repeat these steps until the ingredients are all used

  • Bake the Kibbeh it in the oven at 180 degrees for about 60 minutes until the kibbeh is browned.

أتمنى لك وجبة شهية ('Enjoy your meal!')
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The Lebanese cuisine is very refined and has many characteristic dishes. Reine tells you more about the traditional eating and drinking traditions of this country.


  • mincemeat mixture

  • 500 grams of minced beef

  • 380 grams fine bulgur (available at the toko)

  • 1 large white onion

  • 0.5 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • Salt to taste


  • 300 grams of minced beef

  • 1 large white onion

  • 25 grams of pine nuts

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 0.5 tsp black pepper

  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon

Delicious with (optional):

  • tzatziki

  • tahini sauce

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