Cobblestone Cooking Music XXIV – Köfte-inspired Meatballs

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Did someone promise to remember to take photos? Yes? Who, me? Naaahhh… *sighs*

So, I can’t show you mine (presto: song lyric coming up: “First show me yours / Maybe I’ll show you mine” – Melissa Etheridge. But I digress…) Apart from the sides, though, they looked quite a bit like in the Flickr picture above, only maybe a bit more longish.

  • Village People, Go West
  • Lipps, Inc., Funkytown

And while we’re at it with confessions, this is largely a recipe by Danish manuscript writer & TV chef Adam Price (of Borgen fame, should any of you have watched that) – subdued a little as I reckon my family is not quite as tolerant for hot ‘n’ spicy as the recipe calls for. Original (Danish) recipe here.

  • Soft Cell, Tainted Love
  • Let’s Dance, David Bowie

516563651_a5fce5299c_zJust one more thing before we start with kitchen tools and ingredients – searching for a köfte image on Flickr (my favourite for this kind of use as you can easily find Creative Commons licensed images – i.e. ones that you can use without stepping on royalty toes or other creative property rights), I hit an astounding number of very cute kitten pictures. Now, I sure hope the cat’s not going to made into köfte – don’t for a moment think so – but at least, here is one of the cuter!

Cook bulgur following the recipe on the pack (get water boiling, put in, remove from heat and let sit). Next, mix lamb mince with spices – chili, garlic, onion, cumin, parsley (what needs to be chopped is finely so) as well as an egg and a handful of breadcrumbs. Mix well and let sit for a little while.

  • Gloria Gaynor, I Am What I Am
  • Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel

Take some greek yoghurt and mix with a little olive oil, lemon juice and zest, salt & pepper. Set cold.

In olive oil, fry finely chopped onion & garlic plus chili (the recipe called for a whole medium hot chili plus dried chili – I opted for the latter by itself), add tomato paste and (again, to tone down the heat), a can of chopped tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper and sugar and let simmer.

  • Alphabeat, Touching Me Touching You
  • Queen, Man on the Prowl

Form the mince into suitable meatballs or go all in and put them on skewers for the BBQ. If you don’t  – I didn’t – fry them on a pan, initially on high, then medium heat. Takes 10 min or so in total. While they fry away, make a quick & simple green salad and stir the done bulgur with finely chopped red onion, parsley, lemon juice and zest & the ubiquitous olive oil.

  • Shania Twain, Man! I Feel Like A Woman
  • Natalie Cole, Pink Cadillac

Serve the köfte-meatballs along with the hot tomato sauce (it’s actually a wee bit thick to be called a sauce … ??), bulgur & citrus yoghurt with the salad on the side.

Went down pretty well here – happy cooking out there!

Photo of köfte courtesy of Kerimcan Akduman on Flickr.
"Köfte-cat" photo courtesy of Ugur Onder Bozkurt on Flickr.
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