Monday, June 29, 2009

Tabbouleh

I made quite the mezze the other day including homemade hummus and this yummy tabbouleh from the NY Times. I doubled the bulgur and the garlic and didn't bother with the romaine leaves which still resulted in a pleasantly herbacious salad.

What you need:
  • 1/2 cup fine bulgur wheat
  • 2 small garlic clove, minced (optional)
  • Juice of 2 large lemons, to taste
  • 3 cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (the original recipe says "from 3 large bunches" but I don't know what they mean. I got one bunch from the store and just used all of that.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (from the garden...)
  • 1/2 pound ripe tomatoes, very finely chopped (I used chopped grape tomatoes)
  • 1 bunch scallions (i.e. green onions), finely chopped
  • Salt, preferably kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
What you do:
1. Place the bulgur in a bowl, and cover with water by 1/2 inch. Soak for 20 minutes, until slightly softened. Drain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer, and press the bulgur against the strainer to squeeze out excess water. Transfer to a large bowl, and toss with the garlic, lemon juice, parsley, mint, tomatoes, scallions and salt. Leave at room temperature or in the refrigerator for two to three hours, so that the bulgur can continue to absorb liquid and swell.
2. Add the olive oil, toss together, taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with lettuce leaves.
Yield: Serves six as part of a larger Middle Eastern appetizer spread (mezze), four as a salad.
Advance preparation: This will keep for a day in the refrigerator, though the bright green color will fade because of the lemon juice.

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