Baked \"kibbe on a tray\"

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 \N Whole recipe Basic Raw Lamb and Bulgur
\N \N The Versatile Grain
\N \N and the
\N \N Elegant Bean
\N \N by Sheryl and Mel London
\N \N ISBN 0-671-76106-4
\N \N pg 73-74
1 \N Whole recipe Basic Filling

Preheat the oven to 325øF. Liberally butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13«x2¬-inch rectangular roasting pan. Divide the meat and bulgur mixture into two portions, one slightly larger than the other. With dampened hands, using the larger portion first, form it into ¾-inch-thick, large flat patties and line them across the bottom of the pan, placing them very close together. Then, using your finger, combine the patties until there is one single ¾-inch-thick layer across the bottom of the pan. Smooth the surface.

Spread the basic filling mixture on top. Then flatten the remaining meat and bulgur mixture by making «-inch patties, placing them on top and then smoothing and combining them with your fingers so that the entire filling is covered. Using a sharp knife, cut the top layer only, lengthwise, into 2-inch strips. Then cut the layer diagonally 2 inches apart to make diamond shapes.

Trickle the surface with 2 tbs olive oil or clarified butter and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the surface is slightly browned. Remove from the oven and serve by cutting through to the bottom of the pan, following the scored surface marking. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 10-17-95

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