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Freekeh recipes and suggestions

the_beezelet Mar 4, 2014 04:45 PM

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. greygarious RE: the_beezelet Mar 4, 2014 04:54 PM

    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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      Ruthie789 RE: greygarious Mar 5, 2014 03:49 PM

      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.

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        redips RE: Ruthie789 Mar 5, 2014 06:16 PM

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

    2. tunacroquettes RE: the_beezelet Mar 4, 2014 08:07 PM

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


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        mwk RE: the_beezelet Mar 5, 2014 06:31 AM

        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. scubadoo97 RE: the_beezelet Mar 5, 2014 02:08 PM

          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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            the_beezelet RE: scubadoo97 Mar 5, 2014 06:14 PM

            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.

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              scubadoo97 RE: the_beezelet Mar 5, 2014 09:19 PM

              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. the_beezelet RE: the_beezelet Mar 5, 2014 06:11 PM

            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?

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              Frizzle RE: the_beezelet Mar 5, 2014 06:16 PM

              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. Ttrockwood RE: the_beezelet Mar 5, 2014 08:54 PM

                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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                  the_beezelet RE: Ttrockwood Mar 6, 2014 06:48 PM

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

                2. Cherylptw RE: the_beezelet Mar 5, 2014 08:57 PM

                  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!

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                    autumm RE: the_beezelet Mar 5, 2014 09:06 PM

                    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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                      the_beezelet RE: autumm Mar 6, 2014 06:52 PM

                      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. MidwesternerTT RE: the_beezelet Jun 21, 2014 06:31 PM

                      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.

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