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these are really good and a nice change from the usual. i made these into patties and served them in pitas with tzatziki sauce. i served them with baked french fries which i seasoned with cumin. nice week night dinner.
I lived in Turkey for several years and this recipe comes as close to the best koftes I ever had there. They are very good grilled and served with other meats (chicken kebabs, lamb chops) as part of a "mixed grill" along with the yogurt/cucumber/garlic sauces, a shepherd's salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives with lemon/olive oil dressing) and some raki (like ouzo) for good measure. These are always a huge hit in my house!
We just got back from England where we had these meatballs in a Turkish restaurant. I loved them and couldn't wait to get back home so I could try to make them myself. These are every bit as good as the ones we ate while we were away. I cooked mine on a charcoal grill and that added another flavor dimension.
These are incredible. I have been using this recipe since I found it on Recipezaar in 2004. The recipe works with all lamb, a combo of lamb and beef, and I have even used ground bison! The balance of flavors is absolutely perfect - please try them as written without subs at least once. I occasionally sub 1/2 cup panko for the fresh breadcrumbs if I don't have bread on hand. I get raves every time I serve these. We grill them when possible and usually serve them with cucumber yogurt sauce and greek style roasted potatoes, or Turkish bread. Add a greek salad and you have a Mediterranean feast!
We call this "Köfte" in Turkish but never "Kofta".
These were delicious! We've had these in Turkey several times. I didn't have any lamb, so I used 80% lean ground beef instead. These were a huge hit with my family and our company! Thanks so much for sharing! I will definitely be using this recipe again and again.
Just back from turkey.. Fell in love with these.. Your recipe is perfect.. Did some with fresh mint amd yummy too.. Thanku makes me feel back there
Delicious. I paired this with Spiced Couscous for a great meal. Thanks.