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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” (a blend featuring herbs such as cumin, cinnamon, and ginger) is readily available in every spice stall in the Egyptian Spice Market in Istanbul, but you can easily mix up a batch at home. See our recipe below.
In Istanbul, the Kofte is 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 our links below for additional recipes to make your own Turkish mezze platter.
Afiyet olsun! (Bon Appetite in Turkish)
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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 Serving Calories 154Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 57mgSodium 263mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 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.