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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Turkish Meat Loaf

(Dalyan Kofte)

Turkish Meat Loaf
Kofte Ingredients:
500 gr lean ground beef (fat 23%)
1 small onion, grated
1 egg
1 slice of Turkish bread without the crust (1 cm thick), soak the bread into milk, then squeeze the milk out
2 tbsp breadcrumbs or 1 slice of Turkish bread without the crust, crumbled
1/4 cup crushed tomatoes, in a can
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pepper

2 tbsp crushed tomatoes, canned
1 tsp red pepper paste, mild
1 tsp honey

1/2 cup beef broth
1 tbsp butter
2-3 tbsp crushed tomatoes, canned
1/2 cup sweet peas, frozen, rinse with warm water
1 small carrot, peeled, cut in cubes

3-4 broiled egg, sliced

Mix all the kofte ingredients using your hands in a large bowl. Roll into a firm loaf about 20-22 cm in length and 10 cm wide. Put parchment paper on the oven tray and place the kofte on it. Mix the glaze ingredients and brush it over the top of the kofte.

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Place the tray on the middle rack of the oven and cook for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Put the tray aside and let it sit for 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Meanwhile cook all the vegetable ingredients over medium-low heat with the lid closed until the carrots are tender in a small pot.

Place the sliced Dalyan Kofte on a service plate. Put one egg slice over each Kofte. Arrange the cooled vegetables around and serve.

4 servings.

Meal Ideas:
-Tomato Soup with Cream, Pilaf with Almonds, Raisin Compote, Fried Eggplant with Cheese and Mastic Pudding.

* Traditionally the boiled egg, peas and carrots should be placed in the middle of the Kofte before giving it the log shape. But this way it's easier and the taste is the same:)



At 12:00 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

This looks wonderful! If I don't have Turkish bread, what can I substitute for the bread that you soak in milk? Can I use more breadcrumbs?


At 5:09 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ashley,
You can use French Bread instead of Turkish Bread. I don't recommend to change the amount of ingredients. They are perfect to have a tender and delicious Turkish Meat Loaf:)
Take care,

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Binur!! i fink u're food recipes are gr8 and simple! i wanna know, do u make them up your self? or u just post traditional recipes??? xxx thx

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Alaha,
All the recipes that I've posted are classic traditional Turkish and Ottoman recipes.
This recipe is an authentic Turkish Meat Loaf recipe. I only adjust the ingredients to give it the best taste:)

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of my staple meals for guests. It came in really handy during Ramadan. Thank you so much for the great recipes! I did do without the egg : )

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

as you adjust the recipes I do adjust them for myself. when I fix meatloaf I put the vegitables inside the meatloaf and I don't use tomato or egg. at the and it's all good. thanks for your recipes.

At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Kimmo said...

Hi Binnur, I live in Dalyan and had this at a special birthday buffet at a friends restaurant, the traditional way with egg and veggies inside. It was superb, now I'm going to try it myself.


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