Syrian Apricot-Stuffed Meat Rolls with Tart-Sweet Cherry Sauce (Kibbe Gheraz)

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The Gefilte Variations

By Jayne Cohen

Published 2000

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Syrian Jews frequently spark their festive dishes, like stuffed grape leaves and zesty kibbe, with dried apricots, especially on Rosh Hashanah, when their deep golden color is symbolic of coins and therefore of good fortune.

A labor of love, kibbe are prepared by grinding rice or bulgur with lean lamb or beef to form an outer shell (a chore made infinitely easier with a food processor), which is then stuffed with a savory meat filling. This version creates