Turkish Meatballs (Köfte) With Tomato Sauce


Prep time: About 20 minutes
Cooking time: About 20 minutes

Makes: 4 servings




  1. Thoroughly combine the beef, onion, garlic, spices, pepper and parsley in a mixing bowl.
    Squishing the mixture with your hands for about 2 minutes will suffice.
  2. Pull off walnut-sized portions and roll into balls. Makes about 20.
  3. Roll the meatballs in flour to coat them uniformly.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and brown meatballs about 8 minutes, turning often to brown all sides.
  5. Just before serving, heat tomato sauce and water in a large skillet. Add meatballs and simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Excellent served with Smoky Eggplant Puree (Hunkar Begendi) and rice.

Adapted from a recipe in the Jan. 12, 2006 San Francisco Chronicle.


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