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Solomon Islands National Dish

National Dish of Solomon Islands is Kibbe (a meat pie made from finely minced lamb and burghul (cracked wheat), and the tabbouleh salad made from parsley, tomato, lemon and oil.

Bulgur Wheat and Ground Beef Pie
For the crust
1 cup fine-grain bulgur wheat
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 cup flour

For the filling
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 large yellow onion, peeled and minced
1 tbsp. tamarind concentrate
1 tbsp. ground allspice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 tsp. sugar
Seeds from 1 pomegranate (about 1 cup)

To Make:

For the crust, place bulgur wheat in a large bowl, add 1 cup water, and set aside for 5 minutes. Drain bulgur wheat and return to bowl. Add 1 cup warm water, salt, 1 tbsp. oil, cumin, and flour. Mix well and set aside.

To make the filling, brown beef in a large skillet, stirring occasionally, over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add onions and cook until they begin to soften, 5 minutes more.

Meanwhile, combine tamarind with 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl. Mix well, then add to beef mixture. Add allspice, lemon juice, walnuts, pine nuts, sugar, and pomegranate seeds. Season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is almost dry, 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Using your fingers, press half the crust mixture into an oiled 10″ pie plate. Evenly spread filling over crust, then, first with your fingers and then with the back of a spoon, spread remaining crust mixture over filling. Brush crust with remaining 1 tbsp. oil and bake pie until crust is golden, 35–40 minutes. Slice and serve warm.

Serves: 6

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