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Turkish Kofta Recipe You Can Make At Home

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I will make a kofta recipe, the way we make it at home, easily using a food processor in this episode. The great thing is you can freeze and cook whenever you want to have a ready meal.
Even though I use only beef for making the koftas, you can use a mix of beef and lamb which can give an extra flavor.

We have maybe hundreds of different kofte recipes or main dishes using koftes. For example, Turkish Kofte With Eggplant Base & Tomato Sauce is a great way to use with eggplants. Hasanpasha Kofte (Kofta with potato puree)is another favorite I usually bake during Ramadan for my guests. Wrapped Kofte Kebab or Eggplant Kofta Kebab are good examples of kebab-style kofte recipes.

Also, check Lady’s Thigh Meatballs / Kadınbudu Köfte an Ottoman recipe. Interestingly, it has cooked rice, sautéed minced meat, and raw minced meat in the mixture. After the spices, it is shaped and coated with egg and deep-fried.

Ingredients For Turkish Kofta recipe

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Ingredients For Turkish Kofta Recipe:

  • 500gr. ground meat (you can use 30% lamb if you like and preferably at least 20% fat)
  • 2 medium-size onions
  • 4 tbsp ground stale bread/bread crumbs
  • a big handful of parsley (optional)
  • 1 tsp each black pepper, salt, paprika
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda (optional) – you can add 3-4 drops of lemon juice over the baking soda before you add it.
  • To serve: 1-2 big firm tomatoes
  • 6-8 green sweet peppers
  • olive oil to brush the griddle or pan

Utensils: I use a cast iron griddle to cook the koftas but you can also use, preferably non-stick frying pan

Other Recipes You Might Like:

Turkish Kofte With Eggplant Base & Tomato Sauce
Chicken & Rice With Chickpeas – Turkish Street Food
Hasanpasha Kofte (Kofta with potato puree): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGLfC-axztc
Wrapped Kofte Kebab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1om3KQoUK1k Eggplant Kofta Kebab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci5f9NMqzM0

How To Make Turkish Kofta / Kofte:

Making Kofte Mixture:

Traditionally we make the kofte mixture by hand by grating the onions, chopping fresh herbs if used, and mixing the other ingredients in a bowl well. But you can easily do these steps in a food processor. If your food processor isn’t so big you can only chop the onion and parsley and continue mixing in a bowl

  1. In a food processor add onion cut in four, parsley. If you are using stale bread soak it in water to soften then squeeze out excess water and add to the onion parsley mixture. Process until they have fine pieces, avoid over-processing, and don’t make it like a puré.
  2. Add the ground meat, spices, and baking soda if using. Drop 3-4 drops of lemon juice over the baking soda and mix everything by pulsing until is it evenly incorporated.
  3. Dip your hand into the water from time to time and get smaller than mandarine size mixture and first shape into a ball and press it to make a disk. It comes together when cooks and becomes thicker so consider that while shaping.

Cooking The Koftes:

Turkish Kofta recipe: Koftes ready to cook

Heat the cast iron griddle or non-stick frying pan or grill. Brush it with vegetable oil. Add kofte pieces leaving space between them and cook on medium heat until both sides and inside are fully cooked.

Grilled tomatoes and peppers go well as a side dish with Turkish kofte

Meanwhile cut the tomatoes in big wedges and cook on the griddle or grill with green peppers.

You can grill koftas or cook a griddle or non-stick skillet too

Serve the koftes with pilav and grilled veggies. You can also make coban salad, or cacik (yogurt-cucumber sauce) to serve.

How to Store Kofta:

It is very common to prepare a kofta mixture and freeze it to use later. There are two options for that. First, double the recipe amount to keep some of it for later.

After shaping them into koftas, place them on a tray lined with baking paper or a freezer bag and place the koftes leaving space. If you want to make a second layer use another baking paper or freezer bag on top. Make sure to cover the top as well. Put them in the freezer until almost fully hard.

Place the hardened kofta patties in a freezer bag, seal them, and keep them in the freezer. When you want to use just take it out about 1 hour before cooking time or thaw it in a microwave oven and cook.

When my mom wants to keep some kofta in the freezer; she partially fries both sides until it turns their color. After it is cooled down she portions it Into the freezer bags. This way they don’t stick. When she wants to cook, just fries and it refreshes like freshly made.

You might like to learn how to make:
Turkish Kofte With Eggplant Base & Tomato Sauce
Turkish Eggplant Moussaka “Patlıcan Oturtma”
Maklube / Maqluba – Festive Meat & Rice Dish

Turkish Kofta Recipe

Kofta or “Kofte” is a popular meatball type of dish in Turkey and the middle east. We have many kofta recipes and kebabs in Turkish cuisine. I will make a kofta recipe, the way we make it at home, easily using a food processor in this episode. The great thing is you can freeze and cook whenever you want to have a ready meal
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 6

Equipment

  • cast iron griddle you can also use, preferably non-stick frying pan
  • food proccessor

Ingredients
  

  • 500 gr. ground meat you can use 30% lamb if you like and preferably at least 20% fat
  • 2 medium-size onions
  • 4 tbsp ground stale bread/bread crumbs
  • handful parsley optional
  • 1 tsp each black pepper, salt, paprika
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda optional – you can add 3-4 drops of lemon juice over the baking soda before you add it.

To serve: 1-2 big firm tomatoes

  • 6-8 green sweet peppers
  • 3 tbsp olive oil to brush the griddle or pan

Instructions
 

Making Kofte Mixture:

  • Traditionally we make the kofte mixture by hand by grating the onions, chopping fresh herbs if used, and mixing the other ingredients in a bowl well. But you can easily do these steps in a food processor. If your food processor isn’t so big you can only chop the onion and parsley and continue mixing in a bowl
  • In a food processor add onion cut in four, parsley. If you are using stale bread soak it in water to soften then squeeze out excess water and add to the onion parsley mixture. Process until they have fine pieces, avoid over-processing, and don’t make it like a puré.
  • Add the ground meat, spices, and baking soda if using. Drop 3-4 drops of lemon juice over the baking soda and mix everything by pulsing until is it evenly incorporated.
  • Dip your hand into the water from time to time and get smaller than mandarine size mixture and first shape into a ball and press it to make a disk. It comes together when cooks and becomes thicker so consider that while shaping.

Cooking The Koftes:

  • Heat the cast iron griddle or non-stick frying pan or grill. Brush it with vegetable oil. Add kofte pieces leaving space between them and cook on medium heat until both sides and inside are fully cooked.
  • Meanwhile cut the tomatoes in big wedges and cook on the griddle or grill with green peppers.
  • Serve the koftes with pilav and grilled veggies. You can also make coban salad, or cacik (yogurt-cucumber sauce) to serve.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.