Mediterranean Beef Kofta RecipeThere’s nothing like the smell of sizzling beef to get your mouth watering! I cooked this Texas Beef Council kofta recipe on Beaumont’s KFDM Channel 6 news recently, and it tasted every bit as delicious as it smelled! Kofta is a Middle Eastern dish that’s essentially a meatball or sausage wrapped around a skewer. It’s traditionally made with lamb, but we substituted lean beef instead. This recipe is a great weeknight dinner and is delicious paired with hummus or tzatziki. This recipe makes 4 servings and takes just 25 minutes to prepare!
- 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
- 1/2 cup minced onions
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon dried mint leaves
PreparationCombine ground beef, onion, oil, salt, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice and mint leaves in a large bowl, and mix gently, but thoroughly.
Shape quarter of beef mixture around 8-inch bamboo skewers leaving approximately 1 to 2 inches at bottom of skewer. Create small indentations in beef mixture with fingers about 1 inch apart along the kofta. Repeat with remaining beef mixture and 3 skewers. Refrigerate beef at least 10 minutes.
Place koftas in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 12 to 14 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into thickest part of koftas registers 160°F, turning occasionally.