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Old 07-28-2004, 11:49 PM   #1
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This is very close to the recipe I use for Tabouli....I rarely measure.
I like your western twist on this cuisine. When I make my grape leaves I use pork steaks or pork ribs on the bottom of the pan.

Tabouli Recipe
2 cups cracked wheat (bulghur)
2 cups very hot water
1 cucumber, chopped
2 small tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, (8) sliced
½ cup fresh chopped mint,
2 cups fresh chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

Dressing:
½ cup fresh lemon juice
¾ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon pepper
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste


Soak the cracked wheat in the hot water until the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Drain any excess water, if necessary, and squeeze dry. Combine the salad ingredients, including wheat, in a medium bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients together and stir into the salad mixture. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Makes about 8 cups, 12 to 16 servings

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Old 09-03-2005, 01:43 AM   #2
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This is a favorite in our house. We have even tried the dried variety and it is good too, it has dried parsley in it. It is great with chicken as wraps.
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Old 09-03-2005, 06:13 AM   #3
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Hmmmmmmmm I love Taboule I make it the same way and I always serve it as a side when we are having BBQ.
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Old 09-08-2005, 12:19 PM   #4
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I love taboule, too!! If I may make a little suggestion, I also add handful of chopped Italian flat leaved parsley (prezzemolo- I hope this is available outside italy...), dash of dillweed, and some toasted sesame seeds. They definetely enhance the flavour!! Give it a try!!

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Old 09-08-2005, 10:56 PM   #5
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Wow, that is a good tip, thanks. I have some flat leaved parsley in the fridge. The kids will probably think it is coriander and get annoyed! They don't like coriander but eat it.

Most TV shows and recipes here suggest flat leaved parsley now rather than the parsley that used to be used in Australia. We must be very fond of Italian cooking.

Last night on Inside Idol there was an Italian contestant of Australian Idol and they were having a party in their new home for the series. He went to get some Tzatsiki and it was nearly gone, and he made the comment that the Aussies wouldn't have eaten it! I was crushed lol.

We have tabouli in wraps made of pita and cooked chicken, and possibly hommus, we only had it a couple of times and I am afraid I will forget how to make them. They are such a quick meal.
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Old 09-09-2005, 12:43 AM   #6
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I started to add a comment and thought which of the above spellings is correct, so I went to the recipe that a friend gave me. Sally has a masters in English so she couldn't be wrong, right?
Well she spelled it like Florida girl but with an i on the end.

I don't know what is correct but I know what each of you means so I guess that's communication.

Anyhow, I dug out my "Food Lover's Companion" and it spells it:
"tabbouleh- a middle Eastern dish of BULGAR WHEAT mixed with chopped tomatoes,onions,parsley, mint, olive oil and Lemon juice. Served Cold often with crisp bread such as LAVOSH."

I only know for sure that there are few rules. I usually use #2 which is labeled as medium and other than the oil and acid almost any thing goes. Traditional tabbouleh is made with parsley [I don't know if that means flat leaf but that is what I use] in great quantities. I would just as soon call it parsley salad.

BTW, it's a fine side to grilled salmon or even Brats.
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Old 09-09-2005, 01:12 AM   #7
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mmmm tabbouleh! i grew up on this stuff! nothing reminds me of home like a falaffel sandwhich with hummos and tabbouleh! :-) YUMMY!

ps..hey robt- nice to see a fellow seattlite around here!
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I like the flat leave parsley better and that's what I use most often.
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...BTW, it's a fine side to grilled salmon or even Brats.
My sister makes this as an appetizer for family get togethers. I'll have to give it a try as a side. Thanks for the idea.
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I started to add a comment and thought which of the above spellings is correct
Well, the thing is both "tabouli(taboule, tabouleh)" or "bulgur(burghul, bulgar etc)" are words clearly not of English origin, so understandably there are varied transliteration, and it would be difficult to pinpoint which spelling is the correct one... well the important thing is that everyone understands what you are talking about (I am sure we succeed on that) and it is a good stuff!! Anyway here is the tidbit of the items in question for anyone interested!!
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