Last spring I saw a recipe on the PBS series Everyday Food and once I made it, I was hooked. You'd never believe that something with a name like bulgur could taste so fancy and fabulous. I started making variations on the recipe and almost every one has turned out great. The original recipe says it serves 2, but trust me, you'll eat it all yourself! This is actually quite inexpensive to make as well. The feta and nuts are the most expensive ingredients, but are used sparingly and are optional.
My basic formula is as follows
1/2 cup bulgur, reconsituted in 3/4 cup boiling water and 1/2 tsp salt
a fruit (1/2 an apple, diced with the skin on, grapes cut in half, strawberries)
onions (I prefer green onions, but regular are fine if you use less. I use 2 green onions, sliced, or a tablespoon of chopped onion)
nuts (about a 1/2 cup of pecans, walnuts, sliced almonds, cashews)
other veggies (celery, cucumber, bell pepper)
crumbled feta cheese (1-2 tbsp is enough. I buy this at Costco for less than $3/lb so while this is a "splurge" ingredient, it really isn't all that much)
for the dressing
2 tbsp citrus juice (lemon, lime, orange) or vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
I love the original recipe, but some of my other favorite combinations are:
apple, celery, walnut for a "Waldorf"version
cucumber and tomatoes (no nuts) for a delicious straight-from-the-garden version. You can also add some fresh basil from your herb garden
The one I made with raisins and curry powder didn't turn out too well, but I'm sure could taste better with some tweaking.
I just finished a dish of the Waldorf version, and I wish there was more!