Saturday, June 11, 2011

Kofte - Turkish Burgers

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 4 pieces
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (whole grain bread works best, but store bought ready crumbs OK too)
  • 2 heaping teaspoon cumin
  • 1 table spoon tomato paste
  • red chili pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
Place egg, oil, crushed garlic and cut onions in a blender. Blend until onions are chopped but not liquefied. Add washed parsley leaves to the blender, blend until parsley is chopped, but not liquefied. Place the ground beef in a large bowl. Add the mixture in the blender to it. Add bread crumbs, black pepper, red pepper(optional), salt and cumin to the bowl. Knead all ingredients for a few minutes until it is well mixed. Shape the mixture into flat paddies. Cook them on the barbecue. If in a hurry, you can cook them in a non-stick pan. Grilled koftes taste better of course.

Afiyet Olsun! Bon Appetit!

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