In case you were wondering what I dream about, this is it. Grilled meatballs made from ground lamb or beef mixed with onions and spices. I prefer lamb, myself, but I’ll take them any way I can get them. And since arriving in Turkey 5 days ago, I have. Köfte are commonly served stuffed into bread with salad, or plated with grilled green peppers, sliced tomatoes, and onions sprinkled with sumac. Honestly, I don’t discriminate and like both preparations equally. They are not served with sauce which is a good thing. There is nothing to cover up the taste of the meat and herbs, just fresh veggies whose freshness contrast with the sizzling meat. Is it possible I am hungry again?

2016-01-07T14:37:53+00:00 August 12th, 2009|Categories: Meat, Turkish Cuisine|7 Comments


  1. JP August 12, 2009 at 4:25 am - Reply

    I love lamb meatballs! I had them for dinner a few nights ago prepared by my new friends from Afghanastan – they were served with potatoes and seasoned with garlic and red pepper (just enough to notice)- simple and tasty. I love the presentation of kofte with juicy tomatoes, peppers and onions. This is a recipe I must learn to make – take notes! Keep the beautiful photos coming…

    • Katie August 13, 2009 at 12:30 am - Reply

      Ill make them for you next time one of us is in the same town. it is one of my few successful meat recipes.

  2. janie August 12, 2009 at 2:53 am - Reply

    You’re making me hungry! Thank you for your beautiful blog-you are doing my dream job!

  3. Kelly August 13, 2009 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I am loving your Turkish adventures now. We had a friend (who lives in Lebanon) make us some kofte with a yogurt sauce when he came to visit us in Seattle. I’m dying to try the real thing.

    • Katie August 13, 2009 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      So glad you are enjoying them! I am having the best time enjoying old favorites like kofte and discovering lots of new things, too. Hope you get your friend to cook for you again soon. Afiyet olsun!

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