Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Turkish Cuisine: Kofte

An adventurous and very sweet mother, AussieinAmerica, tried the Turkish recipe we posted a few days ago and sent in some beautiful pictures of the result. Just look at this meal. Doesn't it look scrumptious? (This is just how it should look too, Stacy- I know you were wondering that. It really is perfect!) Stacy has also started a brand new blog and she already has some very interesting posts, so please drop in and say 'hello' to her. I know she would appreciate it.

(Turkish Meatballs)

Makes one large pan.


-1 pound ground beef
-4 large potatoes, washed and sliced
-2 or 3 large tomatoes cubed (You can also use a fifteen oz. can of tomatoes instead
-2 or 3 green peppers, washed and sliced
-1 large onion, peeled and chopped

Meatball Ingredients:

- 2 eggs
-1cup of bread crumbs
-1 teaspoons of cumin
-4 tablespoons of grated onion
-salt and papper to taste

1.Mix the meatball ingredients together with the ground beef. Then form the meat into small, flat, egg-sized patties.

2. In a large, ungreased baking sheet with sides, (its better to use metal than glass) place one layer of sliced potatoes. Sprinkle salt and pepper over them.

3. Layer green peppers on top of these. Again, sprinkle salt and pepper over them.

4. Spread cubed tomatoes over the peppers and potatoes

5. Next, spread the meat patties and parsley over the vegetables

6. Barely cover the potatoes in water. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for approx 45 minutes or until cooked.

Serve with rice and plain yogurt.



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    May 17, 2006 - Looks good!

    Posted by Canadagirl

    I wish I could make this for my family but we can't because of the tomatoes. Do you have any Turkish recipies that don't have tomatoes ? I would love to try one that your family really likes. I hope you have a blessed day.
    In Him,

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    May 17, 2006 - That looks so yummy!

    Posted by mamma1420

    I'll have to try that...

    Hey, I might have a good idea- tell me what you think of this, I just put a message board on my site mamma1420 for classical homeschoolers. I put the link on classicalmamma too. Here's the link This one will be so any classical hs can talk together. Tell what you think. If you think this is a waste of time, tell me that too. Jessica (I figured it didn't hurt)

    I have a funny picture posted today...come see.

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    May 18, 2006 - Untitled Comment

    Posted by Leigh2 does look good! We might have to try it!

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    May 19, 2006 - Untitled Comment

    Posted by lindafay

    Canada girl, The next recipe I post will be 'tomatoless.' ;- )

    Mama1420, It looks like you have already gotten a lot of good feedback at your blog. Go for it!

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    May 19, 2006 - Thank you

    Posted by Canadagirl

    You are such a sweetie. Our family loves food from different countries and we can't wait to make something Turkish. This year we are using the unit study " Further Up and Further In" the unit study of the Narnia books. We can't wait to make Turkish Delight. I bought it 2 years ago and we are just going to use it. Can you tell I am a bookaholic, buy to much and takes awhile to use it all.
    bfn, In Him,

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    May 24, 2006 - Untitled Comment

    Posted by AussieinAmerica

    We had so much fun making this and it was delicious. It was also quite easy to prepare.
    I just posted an Australian recipe on my blog - maybe you can check it out.

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    May 31, 2006 - Hi!

    Posted by Tsh

    A friend just told me about your blog, and that you're in the same place our family is moving to in January. I've actually seen your blog before, but I never knew you were in the same place! I'm so glad to have found you. I'd like to chat with you sometime about blogging and how you do it while living there, among other things.

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe! I absolutely LOVE kofta!



  3. I tried making these last night. My husband, my mother and I enjoyed this recipe immensely. And my daughter (11 months old) had some of the leftovers today for lunch. Judging by the way she smeared it all over herself and by the fact that she asked for more several times, I'd say it was a bit hit with her too.

    Thanks so much for sharing a bit of Turkish culture with our family.

  4. Melanie,
    I'm happy to hear you gave it a go!

    and Sherry, you are most welcome.

  5. We just tried it, too. Thanks! Yum! :-)