When I first ordered, Köfte, or Turkish Meatballs (Kofta) in Istanbul I was completely surprised by the flavor. They were like no other meatball that I had ever tried. The Turkish are not afraid of using exotic spices combinations and this dish is no exception.
We found Kofte on most Turkish menus, and were told that it is often found on the dinner table in homes throughout the area. “When we don’t know what to make for dinner, I was told by a spice vendor, we make Köfte. The “Turkish Meatball Spice Mix” is readily available in every spice stall in the Egyptian Spice Market in Istanbul, but you can easily mix up a batch at home.
In Istanbul the Kofte are either served as a main course with french fries, rice (or rice pilaf) and tomatoes. They are also a common item on a mezze platter (assortment of cold and hot appetizers), typically with a yogurt sauce. See links below for additional recipes to make your own Turkish mezze platter.
This spice blend is also a commonly used in Turkish marinades and soups. This spice combination can also be used in marinades and soups.
Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 154 Total Fat 9g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 57mg Sodium 263mg Carbohydrates 4g Fiber 0g Sugar 1g Protein 13g
This spice blend is also a commonly used in Turkish marinades and soups.
This spice combination can also be used in marinades and soups.
Other Turkish recipes you might enjoy, or combine with the Turkish Meatballs to make your own mezze (appetizer) platter.
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