Baked Kibbie

3 cups cracked wheat
2 lb very lean heavy beef, finely ground
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
1 small jalapeno pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves or 1/2 tsp, dried
4 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Olive oil
1/4 cup butter or margarine

Wash cracked wheat several times, then soak in water for 30 minutes. Wring out and place in large bowl with beef. Puree onions, pepper, mint, and basil leaves in blender. Add along with seasoning to cracked wheat and meat. Mix well with hands.

1 lb ground chuck
2 onions, coarsely cut
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

For filling, combine all ingredients and brown. Grease a 10 x 4 inch aluminum pan with generous amount of olive oil. Layer bottom with 1/2 cracked wheat mixture, patted down, covered with an evenly distributed layer of filling. Make meat patties from remaining cracked wheat mixture. Place on filling patting down to completely cover. Cut kibbie diagonally both ways making diamond-shaped pieces. Pour a small amount of olive oil in most of the cuts, especially around edges of pan. Dot with butter or margarine. Bake, uncovered, at 375F for one hour. If not brown enough, bake 15 minutes longer at 350F.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana