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Lamb Koftas

Updated February 23, 2016
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Middle Eastern spices flavor these tender, ground lamb kebabs. A raita of cucumber and yogurt is the ideal accompaniment.

Caution: soak the wooden sticks in water to prevent them from burning.

Prepare ahead: The shaped koftas can be refrigerated up to 1 day before cooking. The sauce can be made an hour or two in advance.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time15 min

Preparation Time - Text15 mins, plus chilling

Cooking Time8 min

Cooking Time - Text10

Cooking Methodbroiling

CostModerate

Moderate

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCocktail Party, game day

Recipe Coursehors d'oeuvre, main course

Mealdinner, lunch

Moodfestive

Taste and Texturecreamy, herby, meaty, savory

Type of Dishskewer

Ingredients

  • 1 slice of white bread, crusts discarded, torn into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 lb (450g) ground lamb
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced to a purèe
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 1½ cups plain yogurt
  • 4 oz (120g) cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 16 wooden sticks

Instructions

Soak 16 wooden sticks in hot water for at least 30 minutes. Soak the bread in the milk for 5 minutes.

Combine the ground lamb, cilantro, parsley, cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Squeeze the milk from the bread, add the bread to the bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands. Discard any remaining milk.

Using wet hands, roll the mixture into 16 balls. Carefully slide each ball onto a wooden skewer.

Meanwhile, preheat the broiler and position the rack about 4in (10cm) from the source of heat. Line the broiler pan with aluminum foil and lightly oil.

Put the koftas on the pan and broil, turning frequently, for about 8 minutes for medium-rare, or 10 minutes for well done. Transfer to a platter. Mix the yogurt and cucumber with a little salt to taste and serve on the side.

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