Kibbeh nayyeh

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Kibbeh nayyeh
Kibbeh Nayyeh.jpg
Course Hors d'oeuvre
Place of origin Lebanon and Syria
Main ingredients Minced raw lamb or beef, bulgur, spices
Cookbook: Kibbeh nayyeh  Media: Kibbeh nayyeh

Kibbeh nayyeh or raw kibbeh (Arabic: كبة نيئة‎‎) is a Lebanese and common Levantine mezze. It consists of minced raw lamb or beef mixed with fine bulgur and spices.

Kibbeh nayyeh is often served with mint leaves, olive oil, and green onions. Arabic bread is used to scoop 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.

As in other dishes based on raw meat, health departments urge to exercise extreme caution when preparing and eating this kind of food.[1][2]

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  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.