As a Turkish person I can not stress enough how important meat and grilling is in our culture. Here is a great, simple recipe that you can cook up in literally minutes. You can now finally say " I can cook Turkish food !"
500 g lamb mince
500 g beef mince
* make sure that the mince does not have too much fat content "
1 grated onion
3 cloves of grated or minced garlic
2 stale bread slices torn in to small pieces
1 egg yolk
Get your hands slightly wet and mix all of the ingredients above slowly, incorporating each ingredient little by little. You can tell that you have worked the mince enough when the mince returns/resembles its old color. When you have a fully combined paste, make a small ball and slowly squash it down to a flatter shape with your palms. The fact that it is slightly flat rather than spherical means that the meat sears better as there is more surface area. Cook on a hot grill or a well heated griddle pan with some olive oil. I suggest grilling some peppers and tomatos to accompany it ! Another trick is to rub your grill with some raw onion to avoid the meat sticking to it !The shape of the kofte is quite distinctive and can be seen in the picture below. Bon Apetit !, or as we say in Turkish Afiyet Olsun !
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