Posts Tagged ‘meatballs’

* Spiced Köfte Mini Sliders

Posted on September 7th, 2008 by Linda. Filed under Appetizer, Beef, Bread, Coriander, Cumin, Fennel, Lamb, Parsley, Persian.


Yummy herbed-infused kofta burgers. Instead of ketchup, we use a lemony tahini.

Chef’s tip: Chilling the meat makes it easier to form patties. If you want all your burgers to be of a standard size, use an ice cream scoop.

Ingredients

Burger:
½ pound ground lamb
½ pound lean, ground beef
¼ cup panko breadcrumbs, soaked with water, squeezed dry
½ small red onion, grated, and squeezed to remove liquid (reserve the other half for condiment)
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ egg
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground fennel
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½  teaspoon ground chili/ cayenne

¼ cup parsley, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
2 Tablespoons mint, chopped
½ cup roasted pistachios or almonds, chopped finely
¼ cup crumbled feta
2 Tablespoons canola oil

Tahini:
1 small shallot, peeled and quartered
1 small clove garlic, peeled
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ Tablespoon cumin, ground
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup tahini paste, at room temperature, stirred if separated
4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Cilantro leaves
1 tomatoes, sliced
3 pieces of Iceberg lettuce
½ small red onion, sliced
10 mini brioche buns

Preparing the burger patties
1.    Combine the burger ingredients together. Chill for 5 minutes in the freezer.
2.    Mince the parsley, cilantro, mint and chop the nuts.  Mix into chilled burger mix.
3.    Form meat into golf ball size balls. Using your finger, make a hole into the patty, add a small half teaspoon of feta, and form the meat around the feta.  Gently form into 2-inch patties.  Using your thumb, make a small dimple in the middle of the patty.  Place on a slightly oil baking sheet.
Cooking the burger
4.    Preheat oven to 375°F
5.    Heat a fry pan over medium-high heat.  Working in batches, sear burgers 1 minute on each sides, drain on paper towels then transfer to a sheet pan.  Transfer the burgers to the oven to finish cooking, about 4 minutes for medium rare.
Preparing the tahini
6.    Mix together all ingredients in a blender, and pulse till it forms a smooth paste
Assembly
7.    Split and toast buns.  Assemble burgers with tomatoes, onions, lettuce and a smear of tahini sauce.

Serves: Makes 10 mini burgers

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* Persian Kufteh Berenji

Posted on September 7th, 2008 by Linda. Filed under Beef, Entree, Lamb, Persian, Rice.


Big balls of aromatic fresh herbs, rice, beef and lamb. It’s a whole meal by itself. Adding dairy to meatballs make them tender.

The Advieh is a Persian spice mix of cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, cloves and rose petals.

Meatballs:
½ cup long grain rice
½ cup yellow split pea, soaked 1 hour
2 cups water + ½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ lb ground lamb
½ lb ground beef
1 egg white
1 Tablespoon yogurt
1 small red onion, grated, and squeezed to remove liquid
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup parsley, chopped
1 cup dill, chopped
1 cup chives, chopped
1 cup cilantro, chopped
½ Tablespoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon Advieh (Persian spice mix: cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, rose petals)
Some oil for the baking tray
Sauce:
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 cup crushed tomatoes (or 2 fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped)
1 Tablespoon sumac
½ teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup beef or chicken broth
Thickener:
1 cup parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pinch saffron threads
½ cup blanched almonds

½ cup yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced

Preparing the meatballs
1.    Bring the rice and split peas together in 2 cups of salted water to boil.  Once it has boiled, cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
2.    Combine the remaining meatball ingredients (lamb, beef, egg white, yogurt, red onion, garlic, chopped herbs, Advieh, salt and pepper and the cooled rice and split pea mix) together until combined.   Using your hands, form into balls about 1 ½ inch diameter.  Place on a lightly oiled baking tray, and bake in a 400°F oven until brown about 12 minutes.
Preparing the sauce
3.    In a heavy bottom, oven proof pot, heat olive oil on medium high.  Add sliced onions and cook till golden brown, about 7 minutes, then add the remaining ingredients (tomatoes, garlic, sumac, tumeric, saffron, salt and pepper).  Pour in the broth.  Bring to boil.  Taste and add salt if needed.
4.    Transfer the meatballs back into the pot, add more broth if necessary to cover the meatballs, and bake covered, in a 400 °F oven (alternatively simmer on low on stove top) for 10 minutes. stirring once or twice gently.
5.    In the meantime, put the parsley, garlic, salt, saffron, and almonds in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until well chopped. Add mixture to meatball pot after 10 minutes, stir gently, and return to the oven and bake uncovered for 10 more minutes.
6.    Mix the yogurt with the garlic, drizzle over the meatballs and serve.

Serves: 6

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* Indian Kofta Curry

Posted on September 7th, 2008 by Linda. Filed under Coriander, Course, Entree, Fennel, Indian, Lamb.


Delicious Gujerati style of curry, with lamb kofta aka meatballs. A flavor explosion experience.

Cook’s tip: The bread crumbs make the meatballs tender. Add the cream/ yogurt at the end so that it does not break.

Meatballs:
1 lb ground lamb
1 egg white
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground fennel
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon ginger, grated
1 serrano, minced
1 Tablespoon cilantro stems, chopped
½ yellow onion, grated, squeezed to yield ½ cup
½ cup panko bread crumbs, soaked in ¼ cup water or chicken broth
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Some oil for the baking tray

Curry:
3 Tablespoons ghee
1 Tablespoon cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
8 shallots, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 inch ginger, peeled, grated

1 Tablespoon ground coriander
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon tumeric powder
½ teaspoon cayenne
10 cloves
10 cardamon pods
2 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 14-oz can crushed canned tomatoes
1 pinch saffron threads
1 cup heavy cream / greek yogurt
1 cup water
½ cup cilantro, chopped

Preparing the meatballs
1.    Mix together the meatball ingredients (lamb, egg white, coriander, fennel, garlic, ginger, Serrano, cilantro stems, onion, bread crumbs, salt and black pepper).
2.    Using your hands, form into balls about 1 ½ inch diameter.  Place on a lightly oiled baking tray, and bake in a 400°F oven until brown about 12 minutes.  Alternatively, brown meatballs in a large saute pan.
Preparing the curry
3.    In a heavy bottom, oven proof pot, heat ghee on medium high.  Add cumin seeds and bay leaves and fry for about 30 seconds or until the cumin seeds pop.
4.    Add chopped shallots, and cook till translucent, about 3 minutes, then add the garlic and ginger.  Saute under medium heat for about 3 minutes until golden brown and fragrant.
5.    Add remaining dry spices (coriander, cumin, tumeric, cayenne, cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon and salt).  Continue to fry for another 5 minutes until the oil separates.
6.    Add the crushed tomatoes and saffron, and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and add salt if needed.
7.    Transfer the meatballs back into the pot, add more broth if necessary to cover the meatballs, and bake covered, in a 400 °F oven (alternatively simmer on low on stove top) for 10 minutes. stirring once or twice gently. Stir in the cream or yogurt.
8.    Remove whole spices and mix in chopped cilantro just before serving.
Serves: 4

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