Friday, 7 September 2012
Kibbeh. Israel. Olympic Food Challenge
The challenge continues until all 204 Olympic nations are researched, eaten and blogged, the proverbial flame has been taken up by a few hardcore bloggers and hopefully we will get all the remaining countries up for your enjoyment.
Apart from my remaining 4, I was given another 2 to blog, one of these being Israel.
Result!! This is one of my favourite cuisines that I really need to eat more of. Israeli food is getting more and more popular in this country thanks to Mr Yotam Ottolenghi, one of my favourite chefs. I visited his Islington Deli/Restaurant last year and the food was amazing so he was my natural go to point for a quality Israeli recipe.
The recipe I opted for was his version of Kibbeh.
Traditionally this dish is made from Bulgar wheat, minced onions and minced red meat. Usually they are torpedo-shaped fried croquettes stuffed with minced beef or lamb. This is an open version and is more like a pie.
Recipe available here: Kibbeh
The result from the recipe is a very tasty layered pie like dish. It consisted of a wide variety of textures, soft Bulgar wheat, crispy pine nuts and smooth tahini paste. The flavours all compliment each other but they lack that smack round the head, so I would recommend you do as the serving suggestions say and serve it with something sharp. I simply made a lemon dressing over a green salad which worked very well.
Israel didn't pick up any medals in the Olympics but they have picked up a couple of silvers and bronzes in the Paralympics.