Employee Meal 5.18.11

Kibbeh on a skewer (kafta). Mmmm...I love this stuff. This is part of my ethnic heritage (my dad's family was from "the old country"). Ate it with a salad, with fresh yogurt and hydroponic tomatoes (and bread of course). This is so easy to make and super flavorful...my mouth is watering as I remember the flavors.

Basic Kibbeh Mixture
1/2 cup medium bulgur wheat 
3/4 pound boneless lamb, diced
1/2 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/4 cup minced mint

Place the bulgur in a bowl, cover with warm water and leave to soak for 30 minutes. Drain and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Place the bulgur along with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Knead the meat, bulgur, herbs, and spices for a couple minutes to form a paste. Shape into balls or patties, thread on skewers, or bake it flat in a pan.