We are excited to bring you one of our most requested recipes. This recipe is a lot of work but well worth the effort.
This recipe makes about 50 pieces of kubba which is enough for 2 meals for about 4 to 5 people.
Please note the ingredients and instructions are separated into three different parts. If you are only making the kubba now and not the stew, you only need the first two parts. If you are making the kubba and the stew now, you will need all three parts.
Meat Mixture Ingredients
2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion diced
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt (or to taste)
2 teaspoons baharat/middle eastern spice blend
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
1 pound ( equals approx. 2 cups) ground beef – your choice of leanness
Meat Mixture Instructions
Outside Part - Paste Ingredients
1 pound (equals approx. 2 cups) ground beef 88%-90% lean
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups of cream of rice plus more if necessary
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream of wheat also known as farina
1 1/2 cups of ice cold water plus more if necessary
Outside Part - Paste Instructions
You can cook your kubba now or your can freeze for future use.
If freezing, line a tray with wax paper or plastic wrap. Set the kubba in the tray in a single layer making sure you do not let them touch. When the bottom of tray is full, put another piece of paper on top and set another layer on top. Repeat until your tray is full. Cover and freeze in tray. When they are fully frozen, pry off the paper and insert into a large freezer bag to use for future use.
If you don't want to eat your kubba in a stew, you can bring a pot of water with a tablespoon of salt to a rolling boil. Add the kubba and allow bring to a boil again. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from water and serve.
there are many stews the kubba can be used in. Below is a recipe using carrots and celery. The vegetables can be substituted. Other options are cauliflower, turnips, or english cucumbers.
6 cups water
2 celery stalks sliced
3 carrots sliced
6 oz tomato paste (small can)
4 garlic cloves smashed
1 tablespoon salt
½ teaspoon dried mint
1/2 teaspoon citric acid or juice of one lemon (this can also be to taste)
red pepper flakes to taste