Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Izmir Kofte

(Aegean Region)

Izmir Kofte
Kofte Ingredients:
~300 g medium ground beef
4 tbsp breadcrumbs
1 medium size onion, finely grated
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 egg
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt

For Frying:
1/2 cup liquid oil
4 tbsp flour

2 large tomato, peeled, seeds discarded, cut in cubes
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 or 1/3 cup water, depending on how juicy you want it, I used 1/2 cup of water

1 tsp oregano
1 cubanelle pepper, stems cut off, seeds discarded, cut in 4 pieces

Mix all the kofte ingredients using your hands in a large bowl. Divide it in 12 pieces and give each a long shape, as shown in the picture. Pour the liquid oil in a frying pan and heat it up. Place the flour on a plate and roll each Kofte in it. Fry the Kofte evenly for about 3-4 minutes. Afterwards, place them on a paper towel to soak up extra oil. Arrange in a casserole dish.

To prepare the sauce, place all the sauce ingredients in a small pot. Cook for about 3-4 minutes at medium heat. Pour the sauce all over the Koftes. Season with oregano and arrange cubanelle peppers on top.

Preheat the oven to 375 F (180 C). Place the dish on the middle rack of the oven. Cook for about 30 minutes. My mum always served one of Izmir's best known Turkish recipes with home-made French Fries. I do the same and they go very well together:)

Turkish Style French Fries

Turkish Style French Fries
4 medium size white potatoes, peeled, sliced however you like
Liquid oil

Fill medium sized plastic bowl halfway with water and add 1 tbsp salt in it. Soak the potato slices in it for about 20 minutes. Heat up the liquid oil in a frying pan. Drain the potatoes, but don't rinse them and dry with a paper towel. When the oil heats up, fry the potatoes until golden brown. Afterwards, place on a paper towel to soak up any extra oil. Serve while still warm.

Makes 3-4 servings.

Meal Ideas:
- Green Lentil Soup, Feta Cheese Pie, Creamy Yogurt Dip, Pide and Almond Pudding.



At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur - this was fabulous. My husband and I really enjoyed it.

Just to share, because I am always looking for a way to reduce the oil used in Turkish cooking, I tossed the potatoes in about 2 Tbs of olive oil and kosher salt and baked them on a baking sheet for about 45 minutes. Also, I used 90% lean ground beef and about 1/4 cup of oil to cook the kofte in and it came out fine. Next time I will try using less oil and a nonstick pan. I love Turksih food but we have to save the full on versions for our trips over there - they are very generous with their oils.

Also, my husband mentioned that when his mother makes this she cubes the potatoes and bakes them without frying first. That will also be in my next version.

Absolutely lovely - keep up the great work - I check your site often for ideas!

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to cut the oil in izmir kofte,don't fry it just bake the meatballs and it comes out less greasy and tasting delicious!

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Fleur said...

Thank you very much for this recipe!
Just made it and it was delicious!

I will definately make this again.

At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur Hanim,

How much oil do you use to fry the potatoes?


At 10:53 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

If you fry the potatoes in a deep frying pot you should use at least 2-3 cup oil.

At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a little work, but the results are great. Thank you as always for wonderful recipes.

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Sidse Ünal said...

Yummy, yummy, yummy... I prepared the food tonight, and my "Adana-husband" really enjoyed it. Putting the food in the oven for 30minutes really adds flavor and makes the dish perfect.

You are a perfect cook, Binnur :-)


Sidse Ünal

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Like wise Dear Sidse:)
As you know Ramazan is on the way. I think you and your family will enjoy the dishes that I am going to post during Ramazan:)

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Sidse Ünal said...

Great Binnur, I look forward to seeing them :-)

This year we get to enjoy the first few days of Ramadan in Turkey, though I will not be fasting this year, as our beautiful baby-daughter is still depending on me...

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Ooooh you have a baby daughter:D What lovely news sevgili Sidse:)
I wish the best of luck for your beautiful baby girl and you and your family:)

At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delicious recipe Binnur! This kofte is not the same as Tire kofte is it? I was unable to try Tire kofte when I was in Turkey a few days ago, but I hear it is delicious as well.

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

No, they are not the same:)

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Izmir Kofte and Kisir were my first attempts at making Turkish food for my boyfriend and his brother. His brother did haggle me all day, telling me I couldn't do it. When I first cook something I am very particular at making it go right and so I can become familiar with it for the future, although it did take me a long time I did get great compliments. So thank you Binnur for helping me prove people wrong :)

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this recipe. Izmir Kofte is probably my favourite 'ev yemek'. I have never seen it served without potatoes which are always fried till just done not heavily browned then added to the sauce and meatballs and cooked in the sauce. Delicious :)


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