Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lamb Koftas

These little lamb koftas by Annabel Karmel are super easy to make and are really delicious. My 2 year old devoured them, as did my husband which in my book means a win-win situation! I've doubled the suggested recipe here and added a few ideas of my own and it fed the three of us with enough for a light adult lunch or a toddler main meal left over.

1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1lb ground lamb
breadcrumbs from 2 slices of bread, crusts removed
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
2 tsp clear honey
2 egg yolks
salt and pepper to season

1. Fry the onion in the olive oil on a medium heat for about 5 minutes until softened
2. Add the cumin and garlic and continue to fry for another minute.
3. Transfer onion mixture to a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients (see I told you it was easy!). Mix well.
4. Take generous tablespoon sized portions of the mixture (you can make bigger or smaller but you'll just need to adjust the cooking time) and form into sausage shapes - it'll make about 12-16 - and put onto a broiler sheet. Chill in the fridge for an hour or so (they work ok without being chilled but have a tendency to fall apart more easily).
5. Pre-heat the broiler to high and grill the koftas for 8-10 minutes, turning halfway, or until cooked through. They won't freeze, but will keep for a couple of days in the fridge and to heat through, just pop in the microwave for 30 seconds per kofta.

I served with a cold potato salad (new potatoes, enough greek yogurt to coat and a couple of tablespoons of chopped mint), spinach leaves, tomatoes and cucumber. Yum yum!!

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