Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tabbouleh Recipe

Ok. I'll admit it. The first time my daughter told me she had made this I thought "Great. Good luck gettin' my big butt to eat it."  I mean, it's grainy, it's got vegetables in it, and there ain't even one small shred of meat it in.  What the heck would I want that for?  At the time, it was hard enough for me to even consider chokin' down any kind of grain based oatmeal/grits wannabee substitute.  I'd already been talked into 'Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty Grainy Sawdust Cereal' stuff. What were the odds of me liking something like this? Well, it turns out I was wrong. Very wrong. This stuff is right  up there with hummus, babagaloush, and salsa.  Once you try it, you'll make it again. Promise

What Is Tabboulleh?

It's an Arab/Armenian/NotUSA salad with cracked wheat (bulgur), tomatoes, pepper, vinegar, and a whole bunch of other stuff that just doesn't seem like it goes together.When you look at the ingredients, you can tell it was created by a guy just trying to feed a family on a budget.  How else would someone think of putting olive oil and vegetables in wet, swollen grainy stuff?

How Is It Pronounced? 

Tah - Bo o - Lee, or tuh-bow-lay, and tuh-boo-luh are just a few of the ways I've heard it pronounced, I'm not sure. It probably won't matter though... nobody is going to correct you on it. They ain't sure either.

How Do You Make It? 

The original recipe I saw said to put two cups of bulgur wheat in a bowl and add two cups boiling water to it and let it stand for an hour.  That's when I knew I'd be makin' it in a crockpot.


Like all my recipes, you don't have to follow them exactly, they will still come out pretty good as long as you're not stupid about it. By that I mean, if you're going to substitute salt for sugar because both of them are white and flavorful... then none of my recipes are going to provide you with the kind of help you need. So.. gather all the ingredients you have on this list and follow it the best you can
  • Bulgur wheat
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Green Onions
  • Cumin Seed
  • Salt
  • Tomatoes
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cucumber- peeled and sliced
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Olive Oil
  • Vinegar (I use Apple)


  • Put two cups of water in your crock pot.
  • Add Two cups of water
    • Let that cook on high for about an hour
  • Take a bowl big enough to handle all the ingredients (including the bulgur) and mix all the other stuff together and set it in the fridge.
  • When the bulgur wheat has absorbed all the water, dump it in the bowl and mix it up
  • You can either eat it hot, or put it in the refrigerator and let it get cold. That's your choice. 

That's It!

 As always, if you need to add salt, pepper, or beer to the recipe...that's fine. That's your little secret.  Don't let anybody tell you that nobody will eat it if you don't have green onions.  Believe me...they will.

About Potato Chip Sandwich

According to some people, men can't tell time, can't follow directions and can't cook. That's simply not true. The owner and author of the site, me..  can cook. This site is simply a way for me to keep up with my recipes without putting it into my other 10 or so blogs. Everything is Google-ized, so it's connected to all my other stuff. I suggests you try the BBQ. This site gets it's name from road trips when I was in my 20's. By the time we would head home...all we could afford was a loaf of bread and some potato chips.

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