Monday, November 19, 2007

Lady's Thigh Meatballs - Kadinbudu Kofte

There is a very distinctive meatball that's prepared in Turkey. I don't know why it's called a Lady's Thigh, but ignore the name and try these. You won't believe how tasty they are. It's not difficult to make and you can prepare them a day ahead.

There are a lot of recipes out there, but I'm using my mom's recipe. (of course:)) )

The traditional recipe uses lamb, but I use ground beef. I also use vegetable oil to fry, but it can also be cooked in sunflower oil.

You need to watch them while cooking as they will cook rather fast. They are dipped in flour and eggs, but you won't be using any breadcrumbs.


1 lbs. Ground Lamb or Beef
1 Onion, chopped
3 Tbs uncooked Rice
2 Tbs Flour
3 Tbs Butter
4 Eggs
1/4 bunch Parsley, chopped
2 tsp Cumin
3/4 cup Vegetable Oil (to fry)
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute the chopped onions and 1/2 of the ground beef with 2 Tbs butter. Boil the rice until soft, drain and allow to cool.

Remove meat from heat, wait until it cools down (otherwise you will be making an omlette with the eggs:), and burning your hands). When it's cool enought to handle add the rest of the ground meat, the cooked rice, chopped parsley, cumin, salt, black pepper, and 2 eggs and knead well. Take egg-sized pieces of the mixture and form into oval shapes.

Beat the remaining 2 eggs in a bowl. Coat the meatballs with flour and then with the eggs. Fry them over medium heat until golden. Don't let them overcook as it will keep cooking even after you take them out of the pan. Pat them with paper towels to take off excess oil.

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