Monday, April 14, 2014

Köfte


Köfte and grilled Ciabatta Bread

As promised, here is the recipe for the yummy Köfte.  The milk and toasted bread is what makes these yummy little parcels of meat so moist.  I also cut some of the Ciabatta Bread I made the other day in half and grilled them with the Köfte.  The best way to do this is place the bread on the grill for a few seconds to toast and then place on top of the Köfte once they are almost done to absorb some of the delicious meat juice.  Toasting the bread first will keep it from getting soggy.  The bread was so delicious when I first made it and I served it with my Spicy Split Pea and Potato Soup and it was even better with the delicious meaty juices. Here is the link to the Ciabatta Bread recipe.  Afiyet Olsun!


Köfte

Köfte Mixture
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds Ground Beef 80/20
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 slices Toasted Bread
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Mint
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 Bunch Parsley
Cooking Directions
  1. For the marinade, I use a mason jar attached to my blender blade or you could use your blender. If you do not have a blender or do not want to use one, you can grate the onion into a bowl and add in the toasted bread, olive oil, milk and all the herbs and spices.  Then work this into a paste.
  2. Add the ground beef and mix until blended but not over worked.
  3. Shape the mixture into little slider sized patties and place on a platter until ready to grill. You can do these ahead of time and store in the fridge but just remember to take the Köfte out of the fridge about 20 minutes before you are ready to grill them.
  4. For best flavor use a charcoal grill but you can use gas or electric grills also.
  5. Grill the Köfte for 2-3 minutes per side or longer if you like your meat more well done. Afiyet olsun!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Şiş Kebap or Shish Kebab and Köfte

Şiş Kebap, Shish Kebab, Köfte, Salad
Grilled Şiş Kebap,  Köfte and Salad

We have been having some gorgeous weather here in Alabama.  This has really gotten me in the mood to get the grill fired up.  I decided I wanted to make some Şiş Kebap or Shish Kebab and Köfte.  The Köfte recipe will be posted tomorrow.
The great thing about making Şiş Kebap and Köfte is they can be prepared in advance.  I prepared both of them in the morning and then when I was ready to grill all I had to do was assemble a salad and start the fire.  I also made some grilled corn which was delicious as well.  The Şiş Kebap marinade could be used for lamb or chicken as well.  The next time you want to grill try this recipe.  I think you will like it.  Afiyet olsun!

Şiş Kebap or Shish Kebab

Şiş Kebap, Shish Kebab Marinade
Delicious marinade.
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 - 3 pound Chuck Roast
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Mint
  • 1 Pint Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Pound Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers or Peppers of your choice
Cooking Directions
  1. For the marinade, I use a mason jar attached to my blender blade or you could use your blender. If you do not have a blender or do not want to use one, you can grate the onion into a bowl and add in the olive oil, milk and all the spices.
  2. Pour this mixture into a gallon size plastic bag.
  3. Cut the chuck roast into cubes and place in the plastic bag with the marinade.
  4. Marinate for 2 hours or more.
  5. Cut the peppers in half.
  6. Place a tomato on the skewer, followed by a chunk of meat, then pepper, then meat, then tomato. You will want to have at least three to five pieces of meat on the skewers.
  7. Repeat until all your meat, peppers and tomatoes are on skewers.
  8. For best flavor use a charcoal grill but you can use gas or electric grills also.
  9. Grill the kebabs for 2-3 minutes per side or longer if you like your meat more well done. Afiyet olsun!