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Fried Bulgur Rolls or Patties
1 pound whole grain bulgur cracked wheat (2⅔ cups = 455 grams)
1 pound of ground beef (+ more for the filling)
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon black pepper Salt to taste (I use 2 tsp)
¼ cup of fresh peppermint leaves
Tabasco to taste
¼ cup raisins (optional)
Enough oil for frying
Ground Beef Filling:
½ pound of ground beef
1 clove of garlic
¼ cup onion
¼ cup bell or cubanela pepper
1 teaspoon tomato paste
Pinch of oregano
Salt to taste
1. For the filling: Cook ½ pound ground beef with above ingredients. Leave the meat to cook thoroughly and dry (no sauce), set aside. I recommend you follow the steps on how I make the picadillo de Res.
2. Rinse and soak bulgur wheat in water for 1-2 hours. With a strainer squeezing all the water out of the wheat.
3. Mix hydrated wheat with 1 pound of ground uncooked beef, minced onion, allspice, oregano, black pepper, salt to taste (I use 2 tsp), peppermint leaves, and tabasco to taste. Combine all these ingredients and process through a meat grinder once, check for salt.
5. To form kipes: Take about ½ cup or less of wheat mixture. The amount depends on the size you you’re your kipes, the larger you make it the deeper your fryer should be, and the more oil you will need. Form a compact ball, then form and hole in the middle to make room for the tablespoon of meat filling, close in the hole, and form into an oval or round shape.
6. The oil should be hot and also abundant enough to cover your kipes. Fry them until they are golden brown on both sides, and drain in a container with absorbent paper towel. Note: If the oil is cold it will the kipes will lose their shape and crumble. Serve with ketchup or mayoketchup sauce. Enjoy!
Yield: 36 kipes small size (3 "= 7.5), 25 -29 kipes medium size.