|Lady's Thigh Paddies - Kadin Budu Kofte|
This is a kind of kofte (meat paddies or meatballs) that is made with ground beef and rice. Turkish name translates as “Lady’s Thigh Meat Paddies”. Hard to tell if it was meant to be a compliment for the kofte or for a woman’s thighs. Either case, it is delicious. I have also tried it with ground turkey, that works fine as well. My mom used to make it when she had left over cooked rice.
- ½ cup rice
- 1 lb ground beef (1/2lb + 1/2lb)
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1 cup parsley, chopped
- 1 + 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 cup of vegetable oil or olive oil
Place rice and water in a small pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat to slow, simmer until rice is cooked. Drain the rice, let it cool to room temperature.
In a pan, sauté half of the ground beef with onions for a few minutes only until beef's color changes.
In a large mixing bowl, combine uncooked ground beef, 1 egg, parsley, pepper and salt. Knead them all until all mixed like a meat loaf. Add the cooked ground beef/onion mixture and mix well. Add the rice to the mixture and gently mix again. The reason to put the rice last is to make sure it does not get mashed during the kneading process. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
When ready to cook, take egg size pieces of the mixture, roll it up in your hands like an egg, then flatten the piece to give it an oval shape (about ¼ in thick). Place the paddies on a plate, ready to cook.
|Paddies dipped in flour|
In a frying pan, heat oil over medium heat.
Mix two eggs in a bowl, set aside.
Put the flour on a plate.
|Place paddies on a paper towel before transferring to a serving dish|
Serve hot. Goes well with French Fries and yogurt.