Kibbeh nayyeh

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Kibbeh nayyeh
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Alternative names Steak Tartare
Course Hors d'oeuvre
Place of origin Lebanon
Main ingredients Minced raw lamb or beef, bulgur, spices
Cookbook:Kibbeh nayyeh  Kibbeh nayyeh

Kibbe nayyeh or raw kibbeh (also kibbee, kubba, Arabic كبة نية or كبة نيئة) is a common Levantine mezze. It consists of minced raw lamb or beef mixed with fine bulgur and spices. Kibbeh is also referred to as the national dish of Lebanon.

Kebbeh nayyeh is often served with mint leaves and olive oil, green peppers, and green onions. Arabic bread is used to eat it. Sometimes a sauce of garlic or olive oil is served. The dish has a unique versatility in that any leftovers are cooked, creating a different dish.

Many recipes call for kibbe nayyeh as the "shell" for cooked kibbe, as well. In this case, however, the kibbe nayyeh is rolled into a ball and stuffed with lamb, onions, pine nuts and spices, then fried, usually known as (حوسة) "Hoseh".

Health concerns[edit]

Incidents of illness caused by the use of raw meat has caused health departments to ban the sale of kibbeh nayyeh.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whipp, Ted. "Raw meat dish banned by Windsor-Essex County Health Unit". Windsor Star. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Minicuci, Angela. "Salmonella Outbreak in Southeast Michigan Linked to Consumption of Raw Ground Beef". Michigan Department of Community Health. Retrieved 5 November 2014.