Kefte Kebabs

kosher kebabs

Kefta is basically a Middle Eastern meatball. But keftes are rarely the round balls we know so well. Iran, Tunisia, Egypt all boast their best versions of kefta kebabs.  In Turkey alone, there are more than 250 kinds of kefta. They can be baked, fried in oil, poached in a variety of sauces or grilled.         

At their simplest, Kefta are thick discs, fat footballs or long cigars. This adaptable recipe is a classic Israeli style version that can be served on or off  the skewer, adding the spices you enjoy and that are available.  That's just how so many versions of this recipe are enjoyed today.    

kosher kebabs

Middle Eastern Kosher Kebabs

2 pounds ground beef 1 onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1/3 cup fresh parsley or cilantro. chopped (do not use dried)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon mint

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon marjoram

1/4 teaspoon pepper bamboo or metal skewers

olive oil 

1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients except oil. Refrigerate for 1 one hour to overnight.

2. Soak bamboo skewers (if using) for 35 minutes to an hour, or thin- ly coats metal skewers with olive oil.

3. With wet hands, shape the meat into 15-20 elongated meatballs, similar to torpedoes. They should be about 4" long and 1 1/2-2" at the thickest point. Skewer the keftas lengthwise.

4. Place each skewer on a baking pan until ready to grill.

5. Preheat grill or broiler. Grill or broil 4" from heat for 3-5 minutes on each side until firm and just beginning to blacken.

6. Serve hot or room temperature with warm pita bread. 

Makes: 8 servings         Must make ahead, partially, can freeze

Active time: 30 minutes       Cooking time: 10 minutes 


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