Beef Kofta (Turkish meat balls) with Garlic Potatoes


Cooking time: About 1 hour
Prep time: About 15 minutes

Makes: 2 servings



Kofta (Meat Balls)

Garlic Potatoes Sauce     


  1. In a bowl, mix all the meat ball ingredients for 2 minutes with your hands. Cover and leave in the refrigerator 30 minutes.
  2. Cut the potato into 1-inch chunks. Boil 15 minutes. Drain.
  3. Saute garlic in olive oil two minutes. Add milk and potatoes. Mash together.
  4. Divide meat into two balls. Put into a baking dish. Squash into hamburger patties, making a slight depression in the centers.
  5. Divide mashed potatoes into two balls. Flatten them and place in depression in each meat patties.
  6. Top potatoes with Parmesan cheese.
  7. For the sauce, saute onion in olive oil two minutes. Add other ingredients. Simmer 5 minutes.
  8. Carefully pour sauce around the beef patties. Don't get any on the potatoes.
  9. Bake, uncovered, 35 minutes in 350 deg.F oven.
  10. Place each kofta on warm plate. Spoon sauce around the koftas and top with more parsley.


Modified from recipe for "Pasha's Kofta" in "The Sultan's Kitchen" by Özcan Ozan, 1998.


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