What is a contemporary Kibbeh? How did it come about?
The traditional Kibbeh is made with meat, onions and cracked wheat. The meat is the filling and the crack wheat is the shell. I compare it to a Mexican Enchilada where you have the shell and the stuffing. Traditionally the filling is made from either ground beef or ground lamb or a mixture of both. The ground meat is combined with onions and Middle Eastern Spices. Then this mixture is carefully spooned into an egg-shaped dough (which is made from cracked wheat) then fried.
Contemporary Kibbeh is the latest trend in vegetarian cooking. The Kibbeh’s shape is the same as the traditional Kibbeh. But the stuffing ingredients are different. The Kibbeh dough is the same for all kinds of contemporary as well as traditional kibbeh.
Some examples of contemporary Kibbeh:
Pumpkin kibbeh stuffed with chickpeas, spinach, and pine nuts. The outside is pumpkin and cracked wheat. The variations are many but as mentioned before the outside is always made from cracked wheat. Other types of kibbeh may be shaped into balls or patties, and baked, cooked in broth, or served raw.
This process of making Kibbeh is time-consuming. Spinning Grillers® is developing a Kibbeh machine that will make this process easy and fast for restaurant owners.