Friday, March 21, 2014

February 22; Turkish Meatball Kebab (Izmir Kofte) or Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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Honestly, I am thrilled to learn about this kofte...I ate it at several occasions but could not figure out the secret..:) Do not underestimate meatballs, you can turn them into a festive dish. Here;

Cooking Time: Be prepared for at least 45 min. to play with your ground beef...


  • 1lbs 80% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 large onion juice (or, finely chopped onion in a food processor)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black paper
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin (optional)
  • 3/4 tsp. salt

  • 1 large potatoes
  • 1lbs tomatoes
  • 1/2lbs small peppers
  • 1 cup frying oil

  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. frying oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano


  • Knead ground beef, bread crumbs, onion juice, baking soda, vinegar and black pepper for about 15-20 minutes and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Peel potatoes, wash and slice about 1/2" thick.
  • Remove the seeds from peppers.
  • Deep fry sliced potatoes, peppers and tomatoes without cooking them fully.
  • Roll the meatloaf in the shape of a flattened ovals about 3" long and 1/2" wide.
  • Deep fry meatballs without cooking fully.
  • Sautee tomato paste with 1tbsp frying oil, add oregano, continue sautéing.
  • Add water, boil and turn off the heat.
  • Lay deep fried meatballs in a deep oven pan (at least 2" deep), add fried potatoes, peppers and tomatoes in order.
  • Spread tomato paste sauce on the top of everything.
  • Cook in the oven 375F for about 1/2 hour. Enjoy!

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