Last night after presanctified liturgy we had the latest installment in our series of local celebrity chefs doing a cooking demonstration for us. First, some background: There is a tradition of having potluck meals after these evening liturgies. When I came to Marlborough I realized there hadn’t been a Wednesday night lenten liturgy in a while. I didn’t want to saddle everyone with six straight potlucks, so I decided to alternate them with lenten cooking demos. We always have fun – the chefs give freely of their time and food, everyone enjoys it and learns something, and we eat well and see a side of the chef’s personality that we may not see in everyday life. Last night Miriam Hyder from Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace kicked off this year’s series, and it was awesome. Miriam made pumpkin kibbeh, a vegan variation on the traditional meat dish. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the food – pictures will soon be up on the church website. A nice bonus was having Miriam’s mother Edna on board to help out. Edna and I are both from the same hometown, so we enjoyed reminiscing. The recipe is below. If you wish to make it gluten or grain-free, you can substitute quinoa for the bulgur.
Preheat oven to 400. Grease 9 X 13 Pyrex
1.5 cups fine bulghur
2 15oz cans pumpkin puree
1 can chicpeas
1/2 cup flour
1 medium onion, chopped
1t salt X 2
1/2 t black pepper & 1 t black pepper
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup walnuts
4-6 cups spinach, or leafy greens
Soak bulghur in very hot water for 20 minutes. Drain in mesh colander, squeezing out extra liquid. In a mixing bowl, combine bulghur, pumpkin, flour, water, salt, 1/2t black pepper, cumin.
Heat olive oil in a pan. Saute onions for a few minutes, before adding chickpeas. Sprinkle spices (Sumac, Black pepper, Cinnamon, Salt) over this mixture. Stir, mixing spices throughout. Add spinach (or other greens.) Once wilted, add raisins and walnuts. Mix. Take off heat and pour contents into a bowl.
Use half of the pumpkin/bulghur mixture to evenly line the bottom of the pyrex. use spatula to distribute. Evenly spread “stuffing” (chickpea, onion mixture) over. Lay down third layer, using remaining pumpkin/bulghur mixture.
Use knife to cut halfway down to give kibbeh desired shaped pieces. Brush top with olive oil. Bake for 40 minutes, or until you reach desired crispness.