Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Baked Meatballs and Potatoes - Firinda Kofte ve Patates

I was looking for an easy but tasty recipe, I found this one at Portakalagaci which is a Turkish recipe site. When I try this lady's recipes I find that they are usually very tasty. So I had no qualms trying this recipe out. And I'm so glad I did. It is a crowd pleaser.

The meatballs called "Kofte" are a lot different than regular meatballs that we know here in the States. It has a lot of spices which I prefer over meatballs anytime.

The recipe for the meatballs here is good for baking, but if you wanted to grill them you will need to do some basic changes. You will need to take off the garlic, the milk and the oregano. Instead of these use chopped onions and some cumin. You also use 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs instead of the bread slices that you are wetting. Keep everything else as is. It might be spicy to kids who are used to hamburgers, but as grown ups it's great with french fries:)


for Meatballs:
1 lb. ground beef
2 slices of stale bread slices, take the edges off, get them wet and then squeeze the water out.
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, mashed
2 tbs milk
1 egg
Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the rest of the meal:
1/2 cup olive oil
5 potatoes (I use Yukon)
6-7 long and thin green peppers, you can choose it to be hot if you like spicy
3 tomatoes
1/4 cup hot water
Salt and Pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients of the meatballs in a bowl. Mix them all using your hands. I find that before mixing the ingredients squeezing some PAM to my hands prevents the meat from sticking to my hands. Let the mixture sit in the fridge overnight. It's not a must, but it does make them taste much better. Make meatballs from the mix using PAM on your hands again. If you don't have PAM, use water. Keeping your hands wet while making the meatballs also helps prevent the meat from sticking to your hands.

Get an ovenproof dish and add the olive oil. Peel the potatoes and cut them into rounds, add some salt and pepper. Add them to the dish.

Cut the green peppers into half lengthwise, take the seeds out and add them to the potatoes.

Take the skins off the tomatoes and grate them over the peppers.

Lastly add the meatballs that you have prepared.

Add the hot water and cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Cook in 475 degree oven until the potatoes are tender. It should take about 25-30 minutes. If you want to have a crunchier look take the aluminum foil off during the last 5-10 minutes.

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