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Sini Kufta 

Baked lamb and wheat casserole 

350°F Oven
Serves 8

Sini Kufta
Sini Kufta is easy to make and impressive to serve. A favorite for buffets.
1 poundfatty ground lamb or beef
1 cup sliced onions
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon crushed basil
1 teaspoon chopped mint
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch red pepper
 salt, pepper to taste
Keyma (outer layer)
1 poundlean ground lamb or beef
1 cup fine(#1) bulghur wheat
1 egg
 salt, pepper to taste
To Finish
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup lamb or beef  broth
1 Tablespoon tomato paste

  1. Saute all filling ingredients frying pan.
  2. Chill for 3-4. hours or until fat has hardened.
  3. To make keyma, mix lean lamb, wheat, egg, salt and pepper. Knead keyma mixture well. (Keep hands moist with cold water to knead well.)
  4. Line casserole pan (9" x 13" x 2") with half of keyma mixture.
  5. Spread chilled filling mixture over this.
  6. Top with remaining half of keyma mixture.
  7. Mix broth and tomato paste. Pour broth over all. Dab with butter.
  8. Bake covered in 350°F oven for 45 minutes. Remove cover last 15 minutes.
  9. Cut lengthwise and then on diagonals to make diamond shaped pieces.