Turkey Kofta

Turkey Kofta

  • SERVING SIZE 1 plate
  • PREP TIME 25 mins.
  • TOTAL TIME 60 mins.

In this Lebanese version of the kebab, Middle Eastern flavors come together in a tempting dish full of aromatic spices. Add a heavier sprinkle of red pepper flakes for extra heat. Alternatively, serve with hummus in place of the roasted garlic sauce.

Ingredients

 

Turkey Kofta

Yield: 20 oz. 

½ cup

Onion, chopped

¼ cup

Breadcrumbs, soft

¼ cup

Flat-leaf parsley, chopped

2 tsp.

Red pepper flakes

½ tsp.

Cumin, ground

½ tsp.

Salt

½ tsp.

Coriander

¼ tsp.

Allspice

¼ tsp.

Paprika

3 ea.

Pita or naan bread, 5 inches wide

⅓ cup

Cucumber-Tomato Salad

Roasted Garlic Sauce, a drizzle

 

CUCUMBER-TOMATO SALAD

Yield: 2 cups 

1 tbsp.

Lemon juice

½ tsp.

Oregano, dried

¼ tsp.

Tarragon, dried

¼ tsp.

Salt

2 tbsp.

Olive oil

1 cup

Cucumber, chopped

1 cup

Tomato, chopped

 

ROASTED GARLIC SAUCE

Yield: 1 cup 

2 heads

Garlic, roasted

1 cup

Yogurt, plain

½ tsp.

Lemon zest

½ tsp.

Fresh mint, chopped

½ tsp.

Honey

Salt, to taste

Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

Directions

 

TO PREPARE THE TURKEY KOFTA:

1. Combine all ingredients except the pita, salad and sauce in a large bowl and mix gently.

2. To make skewers, mold 5 ounces of turkey mixture around skewer sticks and grill until the turkey reaches 160°F.

3. To make balls, mold the turkey mixture into 3-ounce balls and bake at 425°F, until the turkey reaches 160°F.

4. Spread the Cucumber-Tomato Salad on a pita. Top with 2 kofta skewers or 2 kofta balls. Drizzle with Roasted Garlic Sauce.

5. Serve.

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Add more red pepper flakes to the kofta as desired to increase the level of spiciness.

 

TO PREPARE THE CUCUMBER-TOMATO SALAD:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oregano, tarragon and salt.

2. Slowly whisk in the oil until combined.

3. Stir in the cucumber and tomato until combined.

4. Reserve the salad until ready for use.

 

 

 

 

 

TO PREPARE THE ROASTED GARLIC SAUCE:

1. Squeeze the garlic out of cloves, then place in a food processor and puree.

2. Add the yogurt, lemon zest, mint and honey.

3. Process until the mixture is smooth and combined.

4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Let the sauce stand for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to blend before serving.

RECIPE TWISTS

Swap and substitute to make it your own.

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