Kofta & Salad - ISRAEL

Kofta and Salad Tall Blonde Cookbook Recipe

Third in a three part series centering on typical food served in Israel. Everyone loves Kebabs (Kofta)  and here is TALL Blonde's version. I have previously tried recipes and felt the flavor components needed to be ramped up. That is my first contribution, the second contribution to this recipe is the option to consider using ground lamb instead of ground beef, some optional flavor suggestions and the elimination of the skewer so anyone can make these without the requirement of a grill. These patties make terrific sliders smothered with a little plain yogurt and diced green onions or spicy green harissa (recipe link below)

If you wish to try your hand at preparing a complete meal, check on my other recipes titled "Isreal Step One" and "Israel Step Two" for complimentary side dishes: Pita Bread, Tabbouleh, and Green Harissa.  I have included a recipe for refreshing Israeli Salad below.

1 lb. ground beef*
       *ground lamb is a beautiful alternative

Finely dice the following in a food processor:

1/2 onion, or manually finely diced
1/2 bunch fresh flat leaf Italian parsley, or manually finely diced
2 garlic cloves, smashed and manually finely diced
1 tea. salt
1 tea. paprika
1/2 tea. ground allspice you (may substitute cinnamon)
1/2 tea. ground sumac
1/4 tea. ground cumin

1/4 tea. red pepper
1/4 tea. lemon zest
1 Tbl. grated parmesan cheese (totally not traditional)
1 egg to bind

Grind all ingredients in a food processor to form a paste, stir fragrant paste evenly into ground meat and chill.

You can make traditional skewers by taking a handful of ground meat and squeezing it around a skewer. Be sure to chill again to set the meat onto the skewer before grilling.

Instead I prefer (for ease) to roll small meatball shapes and flatten into a small Pattie and cook on a grill pan or cast iron skillet approx. 2 minutes on each side.  

Serve with a quick Israeli Salad, as follows:

Tomatoes, seeded and diced
Cucumbers, seeded and diced
Red Onion, diced
Fresh flat leaf Parsley, confetti chopped
Feta Cheese crumbles
Lemon juice