Kofta is a recipe taught to me by Ahmad, a young man who lived with our family for two years. Kafta and Ahmad's Tabouli have become Middle Eastern standards in our family menus since then. I am sure ground lamb is the meat of choice for this creation, but we use a mixture of extra lean beef (85%) and ground turkey. I often season the meat mixture with ground cumin, red pepper flakes, or any other complimentary seasonings. You can use plain white pita bread or whole wheat. The diameter of pita breads will determine the yield, but generally one recipe (2 pounds of meat) makes twelve 6-inch Kaftas, or eight 8-inch. These freeze well and are great for a quick microwaved snack or lunch. Serve with salsa or ketchup, or a yogurt/cucumber dressing. See photos for pictorial of how to fill and bake. For a sausage and zucchini variation, click below left under Useful Links.
- 2 cups curley parsley minced (about 1-2 bunches)
- 1 medium tomato, chopped fine
- 1 medium onion, chopped fine
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound 85% lean ground beef
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- 10 -12 pita breads, 6-8 inch diameter
- Salsa, ketchup, yogurt dressing (optional)
- In a large bowl mix together parsley, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ground beef, turkey, salt and pepper thoroughly.
- Microwave pita bread for 10 seconds or until soft enough to open. Snip an edge of bread with kitchen shears to open, and pull top and bottom halves apart leaving one small edge together. If the top and bottom stick together any place, just work around it as a tear here and there is OK.
- Fill bottom half of pita with 1/2 to 3/4 cup meat mixture, or sufficient amount to make a layer 1/4 inch thick. Cover with top and press down lightly to squeeze filling and make thickness uniform.
- Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 minutes, flipping sandwiches over at intervals twice during baking.
|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Serving Size 96g|
|Recipe makes 12 servings|
|Calories from Fat 80||54%|
|Total Fat 8.85g||11%|
|Saturated Fat 3.08g||12%|
|Trans Fat 0.46g|
|Total Carbs 2.48g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0.3g||1%|