Kafta, or kofta is one of my favorite ground beef based meals. Loads of flavor with only a little bit of prep work. I made everything in my food processor.
Recipe and end result after the jump.
Kofta is pretty much a middle eastern meatball. Often made with lamb, beef is a much cheaper substitute. I based my recipe off of the Kofta kebabs on allrecipes
3tbsp minced garlic
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons grated onion
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
A food processor really speeds the process along. Everything gets mixed into the ground beef, so the finer the better.
Start with the parsley in the food processor. 5 seconds later? Bam.
Set off to the side, and add the onion to the food processor. Once it’s minced move to the side with the onion, and mix them together.
Finely ground meat is ideal for kofta; it helps everything stick together when skewered. I added my ground beef to the food processor to give it a paste like consistancy.
At this point, add the parsley and onion you had set off to the side, and your spices. Blend!
Take the finished product, and form into meatballs.
Skewer the meatballs, and elongate them so they’re more sausage shaped. This will keep them from falling off the skewer.
Grill until they reach 165 degrees. Promptly remove from the grill. They will dry out quickly if left unattended.
Funny looking grill:
I used my Brinkmann Electric Smoker to grill the Kofta. Not only is it great for smoking, but grilling works well, too. You can read about our smokers in this post.