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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Koupes (Wheat bulgur filled with ground pork meat)

Koupes can be a starter, a main dish or a side dish. When I was little koupes was a street food, but nowadays koupes are usually a treat we offer to our guests in birthday or cocktail parties.

In my family koupes are considered a number one finger food so I decided that it was time I learn how to make them.

My first attempt was quit a success considering the fact that I do not have a machine to form the dough, which would make my attempt much easier.

Any way, if you ever find yourselves in Cyprus ask for koupes. You will never forget this flavor…
This recipe is dedicated to my friend Ivy and the “Creative Concoctions #4”, an event which is held in Kopiaste.. to Greek Hospitality.

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Below you can find all relevant information on how to prepare this super treat!

Koupes (Wheat bulgur filled with ground pork meat)


Dough Ingredients
4 cups of fine bulgur
4 cups of water
4 tablespoons of Greek extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons of all purpose flour
Salt, pepper and cinnamon (to taste)
1 small onion (chopped)

Filling Ingredients
600gr ground pork
4 cups onions (finely chopped)
¾ cup Greek extra virgin olive oil
2 cups parsley (finely chopped)
Salt, pepper and cinnamon (to taste)
Oil for frying (Good quality)

Preparation Method
You can find koupes preparation details to Ivy’s blog “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water”. She has a slightly different recipe than mine but the preparation method is the same.

I will only give you the details about the dough preparation.
1) Boil the water with the olive oil and the chopped onions.
2) Add the bulgur, salt, pepper and cinnamon to taste. Mix well.
3) Allow to cool completely and refrigerate over night.
4) The next day add the flour and incorporate well. If the mixture is too stiff add a bit of water. The dough should be sticky.

I used the back side of a wooden spoon in order to make the hole, in the dough, in which I put the filling. You can do it with your finger as Ivy suggests, or by using a machine, which by the way is the easiest method.



I hope you manage to succeed in making koupes because I am sure you, your family and friends will be thrilled with the result.
Good luck…!

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