Recipe by Leslie in Texas
This was in today's (May 30, 2007) food section of the Houston Chronicle. I love Middle Eastern food and this sounds totally yummy! Thought I'd post it so I don't lose the newspaper clipping!
- olive oil flavored cooking spray
- 2 slices bread, lightly toasted (day-old crusty white bread)
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 1⁄2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, loosely packed
- 1⁄4 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated (or finely minced)
- 1⁄2 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 lb ground lamb
- 1⁄2 lb ground turkey
- 4 large round pita breads
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup plain yogurt (Greek-style is good)
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
- 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely diced
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- salt & fresh ground pepper
- Yogurt Sauce.
- In a small bowl, mix together all yogurt sauce ingredients, cover and chill while preparing the kofta. Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.
- Place an oven rack in the center position of the oven.
- Preheat oven to broil.
- Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
- Place the bread in a food processor and pulse until it forms fine bread crumbs.
- Add the onion, parsley,mint,garlic,cumin,cinnamon,chili powder,salt, black pepper,ginger and red curry paste and process until the mixture is finely chopped.
- Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
- Mix the egg into the onion and herb mixture.
- Add the lamb and turkey and use your hands to thoroughly mash everything together.
- Shape mixture into 12 egg-sized balls, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
- Lightly spray the kofta with olive oil.
- Broil for 8 minutes, then use tongs to rotate each and broil an additional 7 minutes.
- Rotate again, and broil for another 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove from oven, and let stand 5 minutes.
- Wrap the pitas in foil, and place in oven for 1 to 2 minutes, just long enough to heat through.
- Arrange 3 koftas down the center of each of each pita, then top with diced tomato and yogurt sauce.
- Wrap the pita around the koftas and enjoy!