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This is very popular Mediterranean dish. In Lebanon it’s called Kafta, but you also can hear called in other regions – Kofta. Whatever you decide to call it, it still will be very delicious.

Shish Kafta

Recipe by Sweet ZivileCourse: MainCuisine: MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 lbs. of ground beef or lamb, 15% of fat. You can substitute for lamb or mix beef and lamb 50/50.

  • 1 medium onion, chopped or minced in a food processor

  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed or finely grated

  • 1 cup of parsley, finely chopped or minced in a food processor

  • 1 tbsp. of sea salt

  • 1 tsp. of ground coriander

  • 1 tsp of allspice

  • 1 tsp of black pepper

  • 1 1/2 tsp of ground cumin

  • 1 tsp. of ground cloves

  • A pinch of ground nutmeg

  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon

  • For serving
  • Pita bread

  • Hummus

  • Fresh vegetables or salad

Let’s make it

  • Mix all the ingredients together very well.
  • Form a fist size ball and distribute on the skewers making to look like a flat sausage. Flat, wider skewers are the best for this job, but regular ones will do the job.
  • Grill on preheated grill up to at least 450 F from both sides flipping occasionally. Try not to move kafta before it gets a nice char from the side it’s cooking, it will prevent from breaking apart.
  • Serve with on the grill warmed pita bread with hummus and fresh or pickled vegetables.
  • Enjoy!

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