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Quibe in a platter

Quibe (Middle Eastern Meat Croquettes)

Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 12 croquettes


  • 2 pounds ground sirloin or very lean ground beef
  • 2 cups #1 bulgur wheat soaked
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic large
  • 1/2 medium to large onion
  • 3 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Hot water to soak the bulgur


  • Start by soaking about 2/4 cup of #1 bulgur wheat in enough hot water to just cover it.
  • Let soak for about an hour..
  • Strain through a clean cotton towel, twisting to wring out excess moisture.
  • Using a meat grinder, re-grind the ground beef to obtain a smaller crumble.
  • Add the parsley, mint, onion, and garlic to the bowl of a food processor and process until it has the consistency of a runny paste.
  • Add the olive oil and process until just combined.
  • Pour mixture into the double ground meat and combine completely.
  • Add two cups of the soaked and strained bulgur and combine completely.
  • Shape into rounded oblongs and place single layer on a platter or large container in preparation for frying.
  • Deep fry at approximately 350°F until a medium dark brown. They may darken further once removed from the fryer.
  • Fry one first and cut into it to make sure it is done. Use this as a guide for how long to cook the remaining quibes.
  • Place on a paper-lined tray to drain excess grease, and place in a keep warm oven until all units have been fried.
  • Serve with lime of tzatziki sauce.