Turkish-style Steak Tartar Is Called 'Cig Kofte'

Sunday September 1, 2013

By Elizabeth Taviloglu, Guide for Turkish Food

Are you a carnivore by nature? Do you crave juicy red meat, cooked perfectly rare with a pinkish-red center? Then you're ready to go raw!

Learn all about a spicy Turkish appetizer made with high quality raw beef, called 'cig kofte' CHEE' kuf-TAY'). These tender, spicy, hand-shaped meatballs are made with the highest quality minced beef that's kneaded together for hours on end together with fine bulgur, hot pepper and various Turkish spices.

Bits are broken off then squeezed between the fingers to give them their signature fingerprint shape. Each 'meatball' is served inside a small cup of crunchy Romaine lettuce with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice on top. Talk about a burst of flavor, heat and crunch!

This dish will bring out the meat lover in you. Plus, when you read my new article about 'cig kofte,' you'll learn some ancient history to boot. This dish, from the southeastern region of Turkey, has a lot of legend behind it, going all the way back to the times of Abraham.

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