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Middle Eastern Kofta (Mini Meatloaves)

Kofta is a spiced meatball. This version is a Middle Eastern recipe but Kofta’s (aka Kofte, Kefte, Kafta etc) are everywhere in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.  You can use any of the local spices and come up with your own version.  For Indian use Garam Masala, for Asian use sesame oil and ginger.  For a European version (aka meatballs) use garlic and onion.

Middle Eastern Lamb Koftas with Hummus and Yogurt Sauce. A classic Middle Eastern recipe that is great home cooks.

I like to think of kofta as mini meatloaves.  They are essentially ground meat, mixed with aromatics and shaped into either a flat oval shape or a round shape.  I prefer the flattened oval shape as I think it’s easier to cook evenly.

These can be baked, broiled, fried or cooked over an open flame.  They may also be simmered such as with curry kofta.

I am really looking forward to experimenting with kofta and creating new dishes with them.  I’m thinking… kofta Tex-Mex burrito… or kofta tacos.  It’s true, you can take the girl out of Texas but you can’t take Texas out of the girl.

I like to serve kofta with hummus, yogurt sauce and with either store-bought pita or homemade naan.

Middle Eastern Lamb Koftas with Hummus and Yogurt Sauce. A classic Middle Eastern recipe that is great home cooks.
Middle Eastern Lamb Koftas with Hummus and Yogurt Sauce. A classic Middle Eastern recipe that is great home cooks.
Middle Eastern Lamb Koftas with Hummus and Yogurt Sauce. A classic Middle Eastern recipe that is great home cooks.

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Middle Eastern Lamb Koftas with Hummus and Yogurt Sauce. A classic Middle Eastern recipe that is great home cooks.

Middle Eastern Kofta

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Kofta is a spiced meatball. This version is a Middle Eastern recipe but Kofta's (aka Kofte, Kefte, Kafta etc) are everywhere in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.  You can use any of the local spices and come up with your own version.  For Indian use Garam Masala, for Asian use sesame oil and ginger.  For a European version (aka meatballs) use garlic and onion.

Ingredients

Koftas

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 Tbs smoked paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs

Serve with:

Instructions

  1. Kofta:
    Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Place wire rack in baking dish.
  3. Shape meat mixture into 4 inch flat ovals and place on wire rack in baking dish.
  4. Broil in oven for 10-15 minutes, turning halfway through, until cooked through.

Notes

Nutritional information is for the koftas only.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 koftas
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 484Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 630mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 36g

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Katie Crenshaw

Sunday 17th of December 2017

This looks fantastic. I can't wait to try making these. YUM!

Tina

Sunday 17th of December 2017

These little meatloaf are fun and easy. I love the flavor they pack:)

Jagruti

Sunday 13th of August 2017

I love the middle eastern cuisine, so flavourful and tempting.

Trang

Sunday 13th of August 2017

I love kofta and tzatziki sauce. I made turkey kofta once and have been thinking about making it again soon for dinner, maybe I will try your recipe with lamb instead :D

Amy @ The Cook Report

Sunday 13th of August 2017

I love kofta! These look lovely :)

Natalia

Sunday 13th of August 2017

Love middle eastern cuisine and kofta is one of my favourite dishes, especially when served with a variety of mezza plates as suggested in the post! Starting to feel hungry already..

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