A simple middle eastern dish that is quick to prepare and full of flavor
kofta, middle eastern
80-85% lean. You want a little fat here to keep the meatballs tender
you can substitute ground lamb for the pork
grated finely on a cheese grater or microplane. You are looking for getting something similar to onion pulp instead of chunks of onion
cloves of garlic
grated finely on the cheese grater or microplane
slice of bread soaked in water
tomatoes cut into large chunks
cucumber cut into large chunks
To make the Meatballs
Add all of your ingredients except the bread to a large bowl
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
Now take your slice of bread that has soaked in water and pick it up a squeeze out the water
Add the bread to the bowl with your other ingredients and mix well. Keep mixing your mixture for about 5 minutes until it starts to look smooth.
Now grab a handful (about 1/8 cup full) of the meatball mixture and roll it into a ball.
Place your rolled meatballs on to a baking sheet
Continue to do this until you have made all of the meatballs
Now place your meatballs into the oven and bake for 15 minutes
While the meatballs are baking, I like to start making my rice and salad (directions below)
After 15 minutes remove from the oven and turn on your broiler
Once the broiler is ready, add your meatballs back into the oven under the broiler to crisp up on the edges (about 2-3 minutes)
After 2-3 minutes, remove the meatballs from the oven and serve immediately with rice and your salad
Heat your olive oil on medium high heat in a medium sauce pan with lid
Now add your rice and mix around to coat well
Increase the heat to high heat
Add your water and bring to a boil
Once it comes to a boil, add your salt, bring the temperature down to low and place the lid on top and cook for about 10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed
Prepare your tomatoes and cucumbers by cutting them up into large cubes. It doesn't need to be perfect.
Add this a medium bow
Next add your feta, salt, pepper, dill, olive oil and lemon juice and mix well and set aside
Plate your rice, kofta and tomato salad separately. Lay them out on a table for people to plate themselves.