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Popular Turkish Kofte Recipe You Can Make At Home

Kofta is a popular meatball type of dish in Turkey and the middle east. We have many kofte recipes and kebabs in Turkish cuisine.

I will make a kofte kebab, 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

Ingredients For Turkish Köfte

Ingredients:

  • 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

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How To Make Turkish Kofte:

Making Kofte Mixture:

Traditionally we make the kofte mixture by hand by grating the onions, chopping fresh herbs if using 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 chopp 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 Kofte recipe: Koftes ready to cook

Heat cast iron griddle or nonstick skillet or grill. Brush it with vegetable oil. Add koftes leaves space between them and cook on medium heat, until both sides and inside fully cooked.

Grilled tomatoes and peppers goes 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 koftes 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.

Turkish Kofte Recipe

Ayşenur Altan
Kofta is a popular meatball type of dish in Turkey and the middle east. We have many kofte recipes and kebabs in Turkish cuisine.
I will make a kofte kebab, 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 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle east, Turkish
Servings 4 serving

Equipment

  • griddle or grill
  • food processor or grater

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
  • a big handful of parsley optional
  • 1 tsp 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

Instructions
 

MAKING KOFTE MIXTURE:

  • Traditionally we make the kofte mixture by hand by grating the onions, chopping fresh herbs if using 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 chopp 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 cast iron griddle or nonstick skillet or grill. Brush it with vegetable oil. Add koftes leaves space between them and cook on medium heat, until both sides and inside fully cooked.
  • Grilled tomatoes and peppers goes 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.

Video

Notes

You can grill koftes 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.
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