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Author Notes: Kibbeh is a Middle Eastern dish usually made with ground meat (lamb), bulghur and spices. My mother-in-law is Labenese, and she once made pumpkin kibbeh. We almost finished the whole pan in one sitting, my husband and I couldn't stop eating it. I made a few variations to her recipe, I use sweet potato, less olive oil, and ground coriander. This side dish is guaranteed to please both vegetarians and omnivores. - Krystal Ford —Krystal Ford
Food52 Review: I was surprised at how flavorful this dish was with so few ingredients and ground coriander as the only spice. It was fragrant and enticing with a floral undertone. And, boy, is it filling! A tiny serving of this would suffice as a side dish; I think it's actually better suited as a vegetarian main course. Be aware that this recipe makes quite a lot -- as a main dish, it could easily feed 8 hungry people and as a side dish, you could feed a small army. The only thing I would change is that the onions never really softened or sweetened so they were a little harsh, so I would either use a sweet onion or saute them first before cooking. —vrunka
cups cubed sweet potato
cup onion, julienned
cups bulghur cracked wheat
cup onion, diced
tablespoon ground coriander
tablespoons salt, or more to taste
cup olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
tablespoons olive oil
- Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Put in a saucepan and cover with water and bring to a boil.
- Meanwhile Julienne two medium onions (1 cup worth) and place in the bottom of glass 9x9 baking dish. Cover with 1/4 cup of olive oil.
- Place 2 cups of bulghur in a bowl, sprinkle with a tbsp of salt and just enough hot water to cover bulghur. Let stand 20 min and squeeze out any remaining water.
- When sweet potatoes are tender, drain, and mash. Add 1 tbs of coriander and 1 tbs of salt and stir.
- Combine bulghur, 1 cup of diced onion with mashed sweet potato. Spoon into baking dish over the layer of onions. Smooth surface.
- Using a butter knife make 1 inch square or diamond pattern on the surface then spread 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the surface.
- Bake at 400F for 25-30 minutes until golden on top.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Vegetarian Holiday Side