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Freekeh recipes and suggestions

Bought some freekeh at Costco and wondering what to do with it. So far have made a fabulous epicurious recipe with chicken, lentil, kale freekeh dish, and also a tabooli with freekeh instead of bulgar. Both very good but now what? Anyone else cook with if freekeh and are there any tips or tricks?

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  1. I noticed it at Costco. Didn't want to buy until I knew what to do with it: http://www.chow.com/search?q=freekeh&...

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    1. re: greygarious

      Boil it up, drain and chill. Add any combination of vegetables, like you would a rice salad and add some dressing and chill. It is supposed to have some anti-inflammatory qualities for the digestive system. It can also be eaten hot in the morning like porridge. I would think it could be added to soups as well.

      1. re: Ruthie789

        It actually kinda reminds me of steel cut oats - slightly nutty and the way I prepared it yielded a similar texture.

    2. I like this mujadara dish and just substitute freekah for the rice. So delicious and quick once everything is prepped.


      1. We love Freekeh. Here are two recipes that I've tried recently and were really delicious:

        First, a nice pilaf with ground lamb. Tastes somewhat similar to Kibbeh:

        These Kofte were also delicious and easy to make:

        1. I picked up a bag and after using felt like it was not much different from coarse bulgar wheat which is way less expensive

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          1. re: scubadoo97

            Hi scuba
            I think the freekeh has a fresher taste than bulgar, buy the main advantage of freekeh is lower gluten and higher protein than regular bulgar.

            1. re: the_beezelet

              Thanks, I'll have to try them side by side. Gluten has never be an issue for me but understand if there are issues

          2. Thanks for the suggestions. The kofte look amazing so will definitely give them a try, and the mujadara also looks tasty for a quick weeknight meal.
            Anyone else?

            1. I don't have a recipe but my parents still rave about a dish they were served at someone's house where a mostly deboned chicken had been stuffed with freekah. I'm guessing there was onion, herbs and perhaps nuts mixed in with the freekah stuffing.

              1. I bought some a while back and just used it anywhere i would usually have quinoa or rice. Some ended up in a veggie bean soup, tossed in a salad, added to veggie burger patties.....i finished the bag and went back to quinoa (the freekeh was $$$)

                Ha! Freekehlicious.com!!

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                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  Freekeh with Brussels sprouts and pomegranate... it's either awful or awesome but I have to try it! Thanks for the link.

                2. Ironic to find this post; I was looking online yesterday at sites to buy freekeh because it is unavailable where I live. I'm interested in the fact that it is low gluten and pretty much used as a rice substitute. Can't wait to try this!

                  1. Thanks for posting this. I bought a bag at costco just cause, and now it looks at me like "Cook me, woman" Now have some ideas to get started with

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                    1. re: autumm

                      Yup same here... bought it at costco and then had to figure out what to do with it.

                      The one thing I found with the cooking instructions on the bag is it left the freekeh a little too mushy, so next time I will reduce the liquid to a 2:1 ratio.

                    2. Glad to read where I might look for freekeh. Cookbook Salad for Dinner by Jeanne Kelley, checked out from library, has a lucious-sounding meal. Grilled zucchini, and grilled halloumi cheese (or feta) and apricots on a bed of freekeh. She toasts the grain in olive oil for 4 min, then adds water & salt to simmer. Olive oil, balsamic & garlic dress the cooked freekeh. The zucchini is seasoned with cumin and cinnamon. Chopped toasted almonds or pistachios for a final touch.

                      1. I just opened my bag from Costco, and I'm in love with this stuff.
                        I used the cooked freekeh with ground lamb (for a stuffing), but I was unable to stop eating it out of the pot.
                        I can see just sprinkling it with Parm, or pouring some pasta sauce over it.

                        I was expecting the letdown I felt when I first tried quinoa, but I'm in love with freekeh.