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Kobeba Samakeyah

1/2 cup bulgur -- fine (cracked wheat)
1/2 small onion -- cut in half
salt -- (to taste)
pepper -- (to taste)

Fish Filling:
1/2 pound flounder -- fillets, or 1/2 pound cod -- fillets
2 tablespoons butter -- unsalted
1 medium onion -- chopped
2 scallions -- trimmed, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro -- chopped
1 teaspoon cumin -- ground
salt -- (to taste)
pepper -- (to taste)

Tahini Sauce:
1/2 cup tahini -- (sesame seed paste)
1/2 cup water -- (approximately)
2 tablespoons vinegar -- red wine
1 garlic -- clove, minced
salt -- (to taste)
pepper -- (to taste)
2 tablespoons parsley -- chopped
oil -- vegetable (for frying

Cover the bulgur with water and soak for 30 minutes.

Drain and, a handful at a time, thoroughly squeeze out all liquid.

Place bulgur, onions, salt and pepper in processor and process with on-and-off turns until nearly smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Transfer to bowl and knead until smooth. Set aside.

Fish Filling: Steam fish until just cooked. Flake into small pieces and set aside.

Heat butter in a small skillet then add onion and scallions and sauté until onion wilts, 3 to 5 minutes.

Stir in flaked fish, cilantro, cumin and salt and pepper, stirring gently over medium heat 2 minutes.

Set aside and cool completely.

For Tahini Sauce: Place tahini and a 1/2 cup water in processor or blender; blend until smooth.

Add wine vinegar, garlic and salt and pepper; blend until smooth.

Add enough water to bring sauce to pouring consistency. Transfer to small bowl and stir in parsley.

Set aside, covered, at room temperature.

To Assemble: To assemble, place small bowl if ice water on work surface. Using palms, form golf ball-size balls of bulgur mixture. Dipping fingers in ice water as you work shape each ball into a hollow tube around your index finger, gently pressing mixture into small cigar-shaped tubes about 3 inches long.

Moisten fingers frequently and patch any cracks as you work.

Slip each shell off your finger and fill with about 1 tablespoon of cooled fish filling using a small spoon. Press ends of tubes over fish filling, forming a tight seal.

Cover and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.

Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in large saucepan to 375F.

Fry kobebas until golden, 4 to 5 minutes, turning once.

Serve immediately with tahini sauce.

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