Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Weekday Meal Wednesday... Kofte Kebabs


This recipe was adapted from Arabesque by Claudia Roden.  It is a relatively easy recipe for the impressive outcome.  I added a few spices and red peppers to the sauce for a little extra zest and some sweetness from the peppers.  Also, leftovers can be great over pasta!

Tomato Sauce
  • onion,diced
  • EVOO
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • red pepper, diced
  • 2 large cans diced tomatoes
  • chipotle chili powder, dash
  • cumin, dash
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs ground beef (use turkey for a healthier option)
  • 1-2 shallots, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
  • greak yogurt
  • pine nuts

    1. Saute the onions and red pepper in EVOO on medium heat until translucent.
    2. Add the garlic a minute before adding the canned tomatoes, spices, and maple syrup.  Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and let be for 30 minutes or so or until the sauce is reduced.
    3. Meanwhile, mix the ground beef, parsley, mint and season with salt and pepper. 
    4. Form into 1 inch by 3 inch logs.  Place on a baking sheet.
    5. Place beef logs under broiler for about 8 minutes, rotating each side every few minutes, until all sides are browned.
    6. While the koftes are broiling, saute the pine nuts until lightly browned. 
    7. Toast the pita bread either under a broiler or in a toaster.
    8. To serve, placed the crumbled pita bread on the plate.  Spoon the tomato sauce on top.  Dallop yogurt on the tomatoes and place the koftes on top.  Sprinkle with pines nuts. 
    Hope you enjoy!  Anyone have any favorite easy weeknight meals?

    ~ Julie

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