I’ve been begging my coworker Inginia for this recipe ever since she let me taste a piece of the kibbi she made here, and she finally brought it in! I had to try it out right away, of course :-). Inginia got the recipe from a Lebanese friend of hers, and she gave me a copy of the friend’s actual hand-written recipe which was kind of hard to read. I’m going to share with you my interpretation of what I could understand — and my substitutions based on what I had available. It turned out delicious and very similar to what Inginia made, so I think my “translation” was pretty close to accurate!
– 1 medium calabaza, the green-skinned pumpkin that hangs out with other squashes in the produce section of the grocery store (I used a large yam and one cup canned pumpkin)
– 1 1/4 cups dry bulgur
– 1 medium onion, chopped
– 1 sweet red pepper, chopped (I used an ancient 1/2 red pepper I found in the freezer and 1/3 cup ancient jarred roasted red peppers)
– 1 package frozen chopped spinach with extra moisture squeezed out
– 1 small can garbanzo beans (I cooked 1/2 cup dry garbanzos in 1 cup leftover yogurt whey and lots of water)
– 1 cup walnuts (I used 1/2 cup mixture of almonds, butternut squash seeds, and roasted buckwheat kasha)
– 1 tsp sumac (I found this spice at a Middle-Eastern shop in my neighborhood)
– 1 tsp lemon juice
– 1 tsp olive oil
– salt, cinnamon, dry mint to taste
1. Cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out seeds, and roast face down in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes or until fork-tender.
2. Mix pumpkin with dry bulgur and set aside.
3. Preheat oven to 425.
4. In a large bowl, mix onion, red pepper, spinach, garbanzo beans, walnuts (I saved my nuts/seeds to put on top instead of mixing them in because I didn’t have very many), sumac, lemon juice, olive oil, and seasonings. Pulse in a food processor or with immersion blender until coarsely blended.
5. Spray 8×8 casserole dish.
6. Spread half of the pumpkin/bulgur mixture on bottom of dish.
7. Layer on all of the garbanzo bean “stuffing” mixture.
8. Top with remaining pumpkin/bulgur mixture. (I added my nuts and seeds on top of this and used my hands to press them down into the pumpkin a bit.)
9. Drizzle olive oil over the top. (I forgot to do this.)
10. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 1 additional hour.
11. Broil for 5 minutes to brown top lightly.
** I cut my kibbi into 6 servings. You can eyeball it to figure out the best size for you!**