Spicy Baked Lamb Kibbeh Bil Sanieh

Kibbeh Bil Sanieh is Spiced Baked Lamb with Bulgur Wheat & Pine Nuts.

I have been chasing my own tail for the last few days.  So much is happening here around la casa Tripepi, not the least of which is a last minute trip to Underberg this weekend.  I haven’t been to the Midlands since last year so I am incredibly excited to be saying goodbye to Durban and wending my way up the hill to some fresh mountain air.  This is just what I need.

Carol has been a regular visitor here lately and every time she visits I score loads of wonderful fresh eggs and veggies from her farm.  I intend to photograph this veggie garden for all to see.  I just love a chat with her animals and sunrise in the veggie patch appeals to me no end!  I wonder if I will see any fairies!  I will go and see what the Underberg Meat Supply has on offer and a trip to Puckety’s farm stall is a given.

This Lamb Kibbeh recipe is another Middle Eastern favourite of mine – and I have eaten a raw version of this dish made with minced leg of lamb.  It was kind of the Lebanese equivalent of steak tartar and it was absolutely delicious.

Some of our closest friends, Mike and Charmaine Makaab are both from Lebanese lineage and for many years we lived in a townhouse complex on the Berea together.  The entire complex was overflowing with Tripepi’s, Domiro’s, Makaabs and Quattrocchi’s; all the children grew up together.  We used to fondly refer to our block as the “Pueblo Ponderosa”.  Charmaine would spoil us with some of her Lebanese specialities such as fish Kibbeh, a version of this dish that is absolute heavenly with its orange perfume, pine nuts and sweet onions.

Crunchy, spicy Lebanese baked layered Lamb … Kibbeh bil Sanieh.

Kibbeh Bil Sanieh

Layered Lamb and Bulgur Wheat

The Paste


2 cups of Bulgur Wheat

400g Lamb mince

1 large onion

1Tbs ground cumin

1tsp allspice

Olive oil

1 tsp Salt & 1 tsp black pepper

The Filling

1Tbs olive oil, plus some extra for brushing

2 onions finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic

1tsp ground cinnamon

1Tbs ground cumin

500g lamb mince

½ cup raisins

100g toasted pine nuts

For the Paste …. combine your ingredients in a food processor.

Soak the bulgur wheat in cold water for 30 minutes, drain and squeeze out excess water.

Place the lamb mince, onion, cumin, allspice, salt and pepper in a food process until combined.  Add the bulgur wheat and process to a paste.

Add the soaked Bulgur Wheat.

This was the best my food processor could do but ideally this should be processed to a smooth paste!





I need to add here, that my little 20 year old humble Sunbeam Food Processor just didn’t have the guts for this job!  It huffed and puffed and wheezed its way through this paste and managed to break the bulgur wheat up just a little bit.  So if you have a nice strong food processor you should be fine, if not, no worries your Kibbeh with just have a little more crunch to it.  No problem!

Refrigerate until needed.

Preheat the oven to moderate 180d and grease a 20 x 30cm baking tin.

The Filling

To make the filling, heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook the onion for 5 minutes, or until softened.  Add the cinnamon and cumin and stir for 1 minute.  Add the mince, stirring to break up any lumps and cook for 5 minutes or until the meat is brown.

Fry the lamb filling mince with the onions, cinammon, cumin, salt & pepper, crimson raisins and add the toasted pine nuts.

Stir in the raisins and nuts and season.

Press half of the bulgur wheat paste into the base of the tin, smoothing the surface with wetted hands.

Smooth half of the paste into the bottom of an ovenproof dish.

Spread the filling over the top and then cover with the remaining bulgur wheat paste and again smooth the surface with wet hands.

The filling goes into the dish next.

Score a diamond pattern in the top of the mixture with a sharp knife and brush lightly with olive oil.

Bake at 180d for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is brown and crisp.

Serve with wedges of lemon, some mint and Yoghurt and cucumber dipping sauce.

Cool for 10 minutes before cutting into diamond shapes.

Serve with the yoghurt dipping sauce I posted on Monday.

Cucumber, Garlic and Yoghurt Dipping Sauce

 On Monday I will be posting the awesome Halvas Fourno recipe.  This semolina cake is annointed with the most delicious syrup flavoured with cinnamon, orange and lemon.  It is absolutely delish served with full cream yoghurt and honey.

Diamonds are a girls best friend …..

 Have the most awesome weekend!

As always

Buon Appetito



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