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Preperation of Turkish Meatballs(Kofte)

leiden | Oct 16, 2011 12:23 PM

I am sure everybody has tasted some kind of kofte(or kofta) at this point. The bad thing is they usually come with a sauce which is quite unauthentic. They are not meatbals in reality, they are oval in shape. In Turkey people frown upon using sauces to complement meat dishes. This is due to the fact that when people consume some meat they want to make the taste count. There are thousands of recipes in Turkey and this is my version.Without further adieu I am going to give you a recipe that is basic and scrumptiously good. You can just double the recipe etc. The spices should be according to your taste. I like mine quite hot and lots of cumin. The spices loose their potency when they are cooked. Adjust accordingly.

1lb chuck ground beef(any fatty ground beef would do)
1-2 eggs for binding and quantity depends on your egg size.
3 tsp cumin
4 tsp ground red pepper or crushed red pepper
3 tsp salt
3 tsp black pepper
Half a bunch of parsley (cut it from the stalks)
1 medium-small sized onion
4 garlic cloves (depends on the garlic's potency)

1.Mince the onion super fine.

2.Squeeze the minced onions.

3. Chop parsley finely.

4.Put your eggs in a bowl and whisk the eggs.

5.Add the spices, onions, parsley into whisked eggs. Stir

6. Add the ground beef and start mixing with your hands until mixed well.(it is the best way to do it don't be shy)

7. Portion it according to your desires. Make them into oval shaped meat patties by pressing into your right palm. They should not be to thick or thin.This process firms them up and stops them from falling apart in cooking.

8.Cook it just like a meat patty or hamburger.

PS:A Turkish suggestion,serve it with raw onions, fresh bread and parsley. Also you can replace the eggs with 3tbsp of bread crumbs and do NOT eat it with sauce. You can remove the mixture smell by rubbing your hands on metal surfaces while washing. Cheers.

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