An easy meal to please the kids, and kids-alike! ;)
There are so many types of “kofte” in Turkish cuisine that you may wonder if it is an ingredient name! It is a generic term for hamburger/meatball type food made with different ingredients. Some are cooked on a grill, some in the oven, some as a part of a soup and some with walnut/beef stuffing! I might be adventurous to try out these variations in the future, but for the time being I’ll give a very basic kofte recipe:
- 1.5 lbs ground beef (not to exceed 15% fat)
- 1 bunch of parsely, chopped
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped (if you like garlic, go ahead and add more
- 2.5 cups of bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1Tbs of pepper paste (might be able to find them in Middle Eastern stores)
- salt, pepper to taste
- Mix all the ingredients! Just be careful not to add the breadcrumbs all at once; 1 cup to start with and 1/2 additional cups as you mix to get a workable (not sticky, not hard) mix.
- Shape them as you like
- Fry them with a little bit of extra light olive oil
this recipe made 21 koftes
Yes, it is as easy as it looks.
If you are not going to eat them all at once; consider freezing the uncooked koftes. I usually put them on a tray, with a wax paper between the layers to make sure they do not stick. Leaving them in the freezer until they are firm, and moving them out of the tray into a ziplock works for me.