Squash Kibbeh Balls Recipe

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The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Squash kibbeh balls Recipe. Enjoy the Middle Eastern Cuisine and learn how to make Squash kibbeh balls.

It is more fun to eat when they are hot and the cheese is oozing out!

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound of kabocha squash (any squash will do, just make sure it is thoroughly drained)
4 ounces of extra-fine bulgur #1, soaked in water for 5 minutes and drained thoroughly (squeeze out the water)
small white onions, sprinkled with salt and sumac
1/4 cup of minced herbs (parsley, other)
Spices: 1/2 tsp. white pepper, 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. hot Aleppo pepper
1/2 cup of fine semolina flour
1/4 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour

Filling:

8 ounces of goat cheese
2 large eggs
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup of walnuts
1/4 cup of whipping cream
1 teaspoon of mashed garlic (with salt in a mortar)
Spices: 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of seven-spice, 1/2 teaspoon of thyme or wild zaatar, 1/2 teaspoon of Aleppo pepper
1/4 cup of minced parsley
1/4 cup of minced dill (or other herb)
Lemons, quartered
Oil, to fry the kibbeh in

To make it easier: shape the cheese mixture into teaspoon-sized balls and freeze for 15 minutes before starting.

METHOD:

Make the kibbeh shell and refrigerate: place the drained squash, chopped onion, herbs and spices, bulgur, flour and semolina in the bowl of a food processor. Process into a homogenous paste. Transfer to a bowl and into the fridge, covered.

Make the cheese filling by combining all the ingredients. Shape into little teaspoon-sized balls and place on a piece of foil into the freezer for 15 minutes to make using them easier.

Take balls of dough (can use a cookie dough scooper) and fill with the cheese. Place in the fridge until ready to fry.

Heat several cups of oil to 375F and fry the balls of kibbeh, a few at a time. Serve warm with extra lemons.

Chef Joumana Accad
CEO, Taste of Beirut

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