Butcher’s köfte kebabs

Butcher’s köfte kebabs

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New Middle Eastern Food
Serves
4
Photographer
Mark Roper

In Turkey when spiced minced meat is shaped into long sausages around skewers for grilling, it becomes şiş köfte (şiş is the Turkish word for skewer). Almost every town in Turkey has its own version of köfte kebabs, flavoured with different combinations of spices and herbs, and many butchers will even sell their own homemade köfte mixture. The following is a simple and tasty version that everyone will adore. If you can, try to find the long flat skewers — the meat is far less likely to fall off these than the regular round ones.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g lamb, (from the leg or shoulder)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 vine-ripened tomato, diced
1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
1 Köfte spice mix, heaped tablespoons
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
warm flatbread, to serve

Baby iceberg salad

Quantity Ingredient
4 baby iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed
200g Whipped feta dip
2 teaspoons chopped dill
2 teaspoons finely snipped chives

Method

  1. Trim the lamb of any connective tissue and sinew, but leave the fat. Cut the meat into manageable chunks and mince it twice. Knead the minced lamb with the garlic, tomato, pomegranate molasses and spice mix for 2–3 minutes to combine thoroughly, then season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes to allow the flavours to develop.
  2. Cut the iceberg lettuces in half and wash gently to remove any dirt, but keep the leaves intact. Combine the whipped feta dip and chopped dill and loosen with a little water, if necessary, to make a thick dressing consistency. Set aside with the lettuce cups until ready to serve.
  3. When ready to cook, heat a ridged chargrill pan or barbecue to maximum heat. With wet hands, divide the seasoned mince into four equal portions and mould each one around a flat metal skewer into a long sausage shape.
  4. Cook the köfte for 2–3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Just before serving, sprinkle the chives onto the dressing. Serve the köfte with warm flatbread, the lettuce cups and dressing alongside for everyone to help themselves.
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