If You're A 'Kibbe' Fan, You'll Love Turkish 'Icli Kofte'

Sunday September 1, 2013

By Elizabeth Taviloglu, Guide for Turkish Food

Calling all Middle Eastern 'kibbe' fans. Turkish cuisine has its own version of this popular Middle Eastern street food. Turkish-style 'Icli kofte' (each-LEE' kuf-TAY') is a meatball with a golden-Brown crust of potato and bulgur that surrounds a juicy filling of meat, ground nuts like walnuts or pistachios and Turkish spices. 'Icli kofte' is best in the southeastern city of Kilis, but you can find delectable versions all over the country, wherever spicy kebab dishes are served. When you try them for the first time, you'll marvel at the complexity of the dish. Actually, making these delicious packages at home isn't as hard as you may think. Try this recipe for Turkish stuffed meatballs and impress your family and guests. You can expirement with different nuts, like pine nuts, and add different spices like allspice. I like to serve Turkish 'stuffed meatballs' piping hot with dipping sauces like soy sauce, tahini mixed with honey and plain yo─čurt mixed with grated cucumber and fresh dill weed.

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