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Kofta

Kofta - A super flavorful alternative for your next summer cookout. The grilled meat skewers are fantastic!

Kofta is a super flavorful Mediterranean dish made with ground meat and spices – and it is also a great way to add some delicious variety to your end-of-summer cookouts!

Depending on where in the Mediterranean region you are, kofta recipes vary greatly. Some are made with beef, pork, lamb, or chicken – or a mix of several meats (and even sometimes fish, shrimp or vegetables!) – that are then shaped into football-shaped patties and grilled, often on skewers.

Kofta - A super flavorful alternative for your next summer cookout. The grilled meat skewers are fantastic!

Our recipe today is made with ground lamb and seasoned with garam masala – an Indian-inspired blend of spices that really complements the lamb quite well! (I should note that using garam masala is a little unconventional when it comes to kofta recipes, but as my husband Jack and I researched all of the different variations – the same blend of spices found in garam masala is often used so we took a short cut since we had the spice blend on hand.)

Kofta - A super flavorful alternative for your next summer cookout. The grilled meat skewers are fantastic!

We served this delicious kofta recipe last weekend to rave reviews when family came over for lunch. (Our grandson JC is our hand model in the photo above!) 🙂  We served the grilled kofta on Greek flatbread, chopped lettuce and fresh tomatoes, plus a generous dollops of creamy Tzatziki sauce (you can see that recipe here).

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Kofta

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 14 wooden skewers
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
  • ¼ cup red onion shredded on large holes of box grater and squeezed of all liquid
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley minced
  • ¼ cup fresh mint minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Garam Masala
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • Greek flat bread (sold in bread section of supermarkets) or see our Gluten Free Flat Bread recipe here
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomato
  • Tzatziki sauce, see here

Instructions

  1. Soak skewers in water for two hours or longer.
  2. If using an outdoor grill, heat to medium heat. Or use a ribbed grill pan on your stove.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients except lamb until combined. Then add lamb and mix just enough to combine without over working the meat.
  4. Form into seven oval shaped patties.
  5. Place two skewers side by side into each. (Two makes it easy to flip on grill).
  6. Gill over medium heat flipping halfway through to a nicely seared exterior and cooked to your liking on the inside. We cooked ours to medium which took about 12-15 minutes.
  7. To serve, place one or two patties on open flat bread and top with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and a generous drizzle of Tzatziki.

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Kofta - A super flavorful alternative for your next summer cookout. The grilled meat skewers are fantastic!

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