Kofta Kebab

Makes: 10 skewers

This is an authentic, must-try recipe for Kofta Kebab: ground beef and lamb mixed with fresh parsley, onion, garlic and Middle Eastern spices. These kebabs will feed a crowd, and you can serve many sides and salads with them.



1 medium yellow onion, quartered
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch parsley, stems removed (about 2 packed cups parsley leaves), plus more for serving
1 lb. ground beef
½ lb. ground lamb
1 slice bread, toasted until browned and soaked in water until fully toft
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1½ tsp. ground allspice
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. ground green cardamom
½ tsp. ground sumac
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. paprika


pita bread
Tahini Sauce (page 202)
tomato wedges
onion wedges



1. Begin by soaking 10 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Take them out of the water when you are ready to begin. Lightly oil the grates of a gas grill and preheat to medium-high for about 20 minutes. Prepare the pita bread and fixings and any other sides before you begin grilling.
2. In a food processor, chop the onion, garlic and parsley.
3. Add the beef and lamb. Squeeze all the water out of the bread and add to the food processor, then add all the spices. Run the processor until the ingredients are well combined and form a pasty mixture.
4. Transfer the meat mixture to a large bowl. Take a fistful of the mixture and mold it onto a wooden skewer to create a kebab about 1 inch thick. Set the skewered kebab on a parchment paper–lined tray. Repeat the process until you have no meat left.
5. Place the kebabs on the grill. Grill for 4 minutes on one side, then turn over and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes.
6. Serve your kofta kebabs immediately with pita bread, tahini, and tomato and onion wedges.



Calories 197kcal
Total Carbohydrates 3g
Protein 18g
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 63mg
Sodium 1178mg
Potassium 314mg
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Vitamin A 3% Daily Value
Vitamin C 9% Daily Value
Calcium 31% Daily Value
Iron 10% Daily Value


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