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Old 11-04-2011, 07:48 AM   #1
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OMG very yummy!

I didn't know where this post should go, butanyways I found a great recipe for Kofta (sp?), a Lebanese mince dish that is brilliant, cheap, quick and very low carb:

Ingredients:
500gms lamb mince
1 grated onion
a large handful or two of chopped parsley
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp white (or black if you prefer) pepper
a squeeze of lemon juice
oil for frying

Mix all ingredients together - I dont measure, but when you've got the right mix it smells really fresh from the lemon and parsley so you know you've got a good mix. Leave overnight (only if you have the time/inclination, it makes a bit of difference,but not alot). Using the mixture, make small balls about the size of a golf ball. Fry until nicely browned. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice.

A great way to have these is with mayonaise mixed with raw, grated garlic and a salad of tomatoes, parsely, onion, lemon and olive oil. When I get around to getting some low carb tortillas, I will smear the mince mixture over a tortilla, grill until cooked and serve that with cucumber and garlic mayo. Yum yum. Enjoy!
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:59 AM   #2
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Boy that sounds really good! I've never made it, seen it and tasted it - this sounds easy too. THANKS!
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:22 AM   #3
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No probs, and I definatly urge people to try it, it is really good. Let me know what you think of it.
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That's pretty much how I make mine, too. I sometimes do them with beef, sometimes lamb.
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:34 PM   #5
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Is mince just ground meat? If not, could it be made with the chopping blades of a food processor?
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:10 AM   #6
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Yep, mince is just minced meat. I think you need a proper mincing blade if you were to use your blender or it could burn your motor out.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:46 PM   #7
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My dad used to make this then mix with mayo. He'd put in on bread and top with another slice. We call them grandpa burgers in memory of him. I haven't had one in a long time. I think i'm gonna make some soon. Thanks for bringing up a great memory!!!!
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I make Kofta quite often, I love Indian and Middle Eastern flavors. My recipe is similar though I add a few other spices:

1 lb. ground beef or lamb
1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 medium onion grated (it's the juice that makes this dish)
1/2 to 1 TBS Garam Masala (essential)
1 to 1 1/2 tsp of cumin
2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped fine
1/2 TBS black pepper
1/2 TBS salt
Lemon or lime wedges for garnish
Homemade Taziki (sp?) for dipping

I think it helps to let the mixture marinate at least 2 hours, let the meat come up to room temp before cooking. Helps keep it very moist and tender.

I like the flavor best when these are grilled, but pan frying or even baking works.
I shape good sized balls then squish them over pre-soaked wooden skewers, and grill over a medium hot coals, until nice and browned.

Anyway you shape them and cook them works great, these are so delicious and a great, unique way to use ground beef.
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