So after many years of enjoying the way my friend Elvin makes it, I finally decided to give it a try myself. Last night we enjoyed Kofta with a fresh Middle Eastern Chopped Salad, Tzatziki sauce (gotta love that stuff), some rice, and warm pita bread. It was an easy meal to make, and it tasted stupendous!
A wine reccomendation would be our favorite turkish red, YAKUT Kavaklidere http://internationalcellar.com/r/products/kavaklidere-yakut-2007/ . Its perfect with this meal.
If you have a hankering for dessert, how splendid would some homemade (or store bought) baklava be?!
Yummy yummy.... Here are the recipes for both the Kofta and the Chopped Salad. They serve 6...with a little leftover (or maybe not) ;-)
3 cups fine breadcrumbs
3 lbs lean ground lamb
1.5 tsp salt
1.5 tsp pepper
3 tsp ground cumin
1.5 tsp allspice
2 tsp dried mint or dill
6 cloves garlic, chopped
one onion, chopped
6 tablespoons fresh parsley
3 Tbsp. olive oil
Using a food processor (or using plastic gloves and your hands like I did) Combine the breadcrumbs, lamb, and the eggs until mixed well. Then add the spices, garlic, onion, and parsley. Mix very thoroughly. Form into longish meatballs (see photo).
Then pan fry them in the olive oil until they are fully cooked, turning occasionally. You can also try grilling them or cooking them in the oven, if you prefer. Just be sure they are fully cooked on all sides. Then they are ready to serve!
MIDDLE EASTERN CHOPPED SALAD
(this recipe is taken from the book Eating Well For Optimum Health by Dr. Andrew Weil)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil