Turkish Kofte - The Best Way To Use Ground Beef

Friday August 31, 2012

By Elizabeth Taviloglu, Guide for Turkish Food

Tired of the same old meatballs? Then Turkey is the right place for you. No one is more creative with ground beef than Turkish cooks.

And no country sports more varieties of meatballs, or "kofte" (koeuf-TAY') than Turkey. "Kofte" is a national favorite of young and old, rich and poor.

Kofte is made and served everywhere from vendors, fancy restaurants, to moms cooking for the family. It's a must at barbecues and any event with children.

Meatballs made with ground beef or lamb come in endless shapes and sizes. Some are grilled, some fried and some stewed.

Anything shaped like a meatball or patty is called "kofte." As you can see, in Turkey, kofte is loved and kofte is everywhere.

From now on, don't settle for the same old meatballs. Try this recipe I use at home for Turkish-style kofte and see what your family and friends think.

You can put the meatballs on skewers for kebabs or put them directly on the grill. Serve them up hot with potatoes, fries, rice pilaf and a fresh salad. Don't forget the ketchup!

If you enjoy Turkish kofte, here are some other recipes you may enjoy:

Kofta (Middle Eastern Meatballs)

Minted Lamb Meatballs

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