Baked Kibbe

1 cup med cracked wheat (bulghur)*
1 lb ground round steak
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp, ground allspice
1 tsp dried mint, crumbled

Wash wheat several times with cold water, rubbing well with hands. Cover with water and let Stand 1/2 hour. Drain and mix with remaining ingredients in work bowl of food processor and process until very well blended, turning motor off and on several times, OR grind twice in meat grinder. Put half of mixture in buttered 8x8 inch baking dish. Cover with layer of filling and top with second layer of wheat mixture. Brush with melted butter and bake at 400F for 30 minutes or until nicely browned. Let cool somewhat and cut in squares and serve.

1 lb ground round steak
2 onions, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper
1/4 tsp, black pepper
1/4 lb butter
1/3 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted in butter

Saute onions in butter until limp, but not brown. Add meat and seasonings and cook, stirring often, until meat is no longer pink. Add pine nuts and mix well.

*Obtainable at Mideastern groceries or health food stores.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana