**This breath-taking dish takes me back to my childhood when our families went to Alabama to stay with Sitti and Jiddeh (my Lebanese grandparents.) It was a hay day treat for all the young cousins playing in the summer air, then sitting at outdoor picnic tables that were covered with pans of beautiful tabouleh, stuffed cabbage and grape leaves brought out by all the aunts and uncles from the kitchen. The fragrant spices lured us as we all sat down to pray and enjoy the art that fell from Sitti's wonderful hands!
If you're one who likes a different take on a familiar group of flavors, you'll adore this Syrian meat meal. The loaf of raw meat is blessed with beautiful spices and extended with bulghar wheat (cracked wheat). If you're not one who is comfortable with eating raw meat or want a comparable example, it compares to steak tartare, only covered with a steamed tomato and meaty gravy sauce. (See below for BAKED or fried version.)