mediterranean beef kofta
A meatball by any other name is still the same—and every bit as delicious. This Mediterranean-spiced beef kofta variation goes great with hummus, rice and tzatziki sauce.
- 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
- 1/2 cup minced onions
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon alspice
- 1/4 teaspoon dried mint leaves
- SERVING SUGGESTIONS
- Serve koftas on warmed pita bread with rice, hummus and prepared tzatziki sauce as desired.
- Combine ground beef, onion, oil, salt, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice and mint leaves in a large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
Cook's Tip: Kofta is a meatball or meatloaf consisting of minced or ground meat mixed with spices and/or onions.
Beef mixture can be prepared in a food processor. Add onion to food processor and pulse until onion is minced. Add beef, oil, salt and spices.; blend until well mixed and mixture forms a ball.
- Shape quarter of beef mixture around 8-inch bamboo skewers leaving approximately 1 to 2 inches at bottom of skewer. Make small indentations in beef mixture with fingers approximately 1 inch apart along the kofta. Repeat with remaining beef mixture and 3 skewers.
- Refrigerate beef at least 10 minutes.
Cook's Tip: When grilling koftas, do not turn them until you can do so without koftas breaking apart.
- Place koftas in center of grid 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.
Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
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.
This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium and zinc; and a good source of iron and choline.