Meatless bulgur balls (Bolitas kipes)

En Español

One of the typical Dominican fritters and my favorite above all are the Kipes. The quipes or kipes are usually prepared with ground beef mixed in the bulgur wheat dough and as the filling. Last Saturday night I had cravings for some kipes, but had no ground beef, and since it was late night, I could not go to buy some either. I came up with the idea to prepare them without any meat to see if the dough would form and fry well. The results were as you see it, terrific! The taste is very similar and delicious, but I admit that for us meat lovers, with beef it is better.

These make a perfect finger food especially when served with mayo ketchup dipping sauce. For someone who does not like meat or is on a meatless diet, these would be a great party snack to serve them. At home we liked this new version very much, and like always I wanted to share it with you. Please leave a comment and let me know if you have tried the traditional kipes or if you prepare this meatless version. I did not use a filling, but you can fill the center with cheese, beef, chicken or seafood. I do have a step by step bulgur fritters here: Kipes.

Meatless Kipes balls 

1½ cup of bulgur wheat
1 large onion chopped finely
1 tablespoon chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon fresh peppermint leaves
½ tablespoon vinegar or sour orange
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
5 drops of Tabasco, or to taste
Pinch of oregano
¼ cup of flour

1. Rinse and soak bulgur wheat in water for 1-2 hours. With a strainer squeezing all the water out of the wheat.
2. Mix hydrated wheat with minced onion, 1 tablespoon minced red pepper, ½ tablespoon vinegar or sour orange. Add the mint leaves, vinegar, salt, ground allspice, pepper, tabasco, and oregano.
3. Combine all these ingredients and process through a meat grinder once, check for salt, add the flour and mix in with your hands.
4. Form dough into 1.5” balls (3.8 cm). If they are very sticky sprinkle with a thin layer of flour.
5. Fry in deep frying pan with plenty hot oil until golden brown. Serve with mayoketchup sauce. Enjoy!

Mayonnaise ketchup sauce recipe can be found here.

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