LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With winter behind us, it's typical this time of year to wish summer would get here faster. We've got a delicious recipe from Beef Loving Texans to satisfy that craving for a light, fresh meal: Mediterranean Beef Kofta.
Kofta is a traditional beef dish found in quite a few Mediterranean countries, including Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. It can be prepared as a meatball or on a skewer.
This Mediterranean Beef Kofta is truly as versatile a dish as you can get. You can have it for lunch with a rice, hummus and tzatziki or dress it up for a fancy dinner with grilled asparagus and rice pilaf.
Like many dishes from the region, preparing Kofta is a lot more fun when you cook it with friends and family. Get your kids, spouse or friends to help you roll and skewer the Kofta (remember: safety first!)
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1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced onions
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon dried mint leaves
Combine ground beef, onion, oil, salt, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice and mint leaves in a large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
Shape quarter of beef mixture around 8-inch bamboo skewers leaving approximately one to two inches at bottom of skewer. Make small indentations in beef mixture with fingers approximately one inch apart along the kofta. Repeat with remaining beef mixture and three skewers.
Refrigerate beef at least 10 minutes.
Place koftas in center of grill over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 12 to 14 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into thickest part of koftas registers 160°F, turning occasionally.
Serve koftas on warmed pita bread with rice, hummus and prepared tzatziki sauce as desired.
Nutrition information per serving: 216 calories; 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat); 84 mg cholesterol; 264 mg sodium; 2 g carbohydrate; 0.6 g fiber; 26 g protein; 6.2 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.8 mcg vitamin B12; 3.0 mg iron; 21 mcg selenium; 6.4 mg zinc; 71.25 mg choline.