Kibbe Cherry

Now with an updated picture! Don’t hesitate to make this delicious meal for Shabbat.

Kibbe cherry is a traditional Friday night dish. Usually we serve it in a pretty bowl, but we couldn’t take the picture on Shabbat, so this is the picture you’re stuck with! Don’t worry, it tastes a lot better than it looks in this picture, we promise!

Not only is it one of our favorite ways to prepare kibbe, it’s also ridiculously easy. Unless you don’t have kibbe in your freezer, then you’re in trouble, or just stuck in the kitchen rolling the balls for a while. Besides the onion, there’s no slicing (and no pitting, ’cause we’re using canned cherries here). Plus, it’s a one-pot dish! Just make some rice and a salad, and you have an easy weeknight meal. Make about 10 other dishes, and you have a perfect dish for Shabbat dinner! Many people make one giant kibbe roll instead of the little balls, but we like this way better.

Kibbe Cherry, adapted from Deal Delights 2:

Ingredients:

  • A few glugs of olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • About 20 kibbes
  • 1 15-ounce can cherries
  • 3 tablespoons oot
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup prunes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Heat oil on medium heat and add onions and kibbe until onions are soft and kibbes are browned, about 10 minutes.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30-40 minutes, until all the flavors mix together and the cherries and prunes are soft.

3. Serve over rice.

  • Mirbrom

    What is Kibbe ?

  • Mirbrom

    What is Kibbe ?

  • Lisa

    What is oot?

    • jessica matthews

      oot is a tamarind sauce.

  • Lisa

    What is oot?

    • jessica matthews

      oot is a tamarind sauce.

  • Deeheller

    do u have a recipe for kibba or can u buy it some where

    • jessica matthews

      hi – we usually make kibbe or buy them from butchers in brooklyn. the recipe is coming soon! they’re meatballs made with ground meat and ground rice stuffed with spiced meat. they’re delicious!

  • Deeheller

    do u have a recipe for kibba or can u buy it some where

  • Deeheller

    do u have a recipe for kibba or can u buy it some where

    • jessica matthews

      hi – we usually make kibbe or buy them from butchers in brooklyn. the recipe is coming soon! they’re meatballs made with ground meat and ground rice stuffed with spiced meat. they’re delicious!

  • SaraM

    What kind of cheeries do you use? Sweet? Dark? In juice or sauce? Drained? Pitted?
    What kind of rice do you serve this with? How do you prepare it?
    What is Tamarind paste? What is it for/how does it influence the dish? Where do you buy it? If I can’t find it, how do/can I make my own?
    Thank you!
    – SaraM
    Ringingthedinnerbell.com

    • Jessica Blanco

      hi sara!

      we use sweet pitted cherries. usually lieber’s brand. we serve it with regular white or brown rice. tamarind paste is a very common sauce/ingredient in middle-eastern cooking. it is a long process to make your own, but in nyc you can find it easily. if you can’t find it, feel free to substitute with a mixture of prune butter and lemon juice

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