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Danielle Rose

Turkish Meatballs

Posted by Danielle Rose on June 15, 2015
Turkish Meatballs

Last year my love and curiosity for the world of food led me to enroll in culinary school. My experience at culinary school was incredible, allowing me to learn so many new skills, tricks, and classic recipes. Though there were so many positive things that I walked away from that program with, one of the most memorable parts was participating in a group project in my Food Theory class on cuisines and eating habits from around the world.

Our Foods of the World project ended with a group presentation in front of the class on our chosen country, as well as a giant buffet, with each group serving up homemade classic fare to represent their country. While I had fun learning about my group’s chosen country, I really loved getting to experience the different flavours and stories that came with each ethnic dish that my fellow classmates presented.

Although there were so many interesting cuisines that I learned about that day, my favourite in terms of flavour was Turkish cuisine. What grabbed my attention more than anything were the delectable Turkish meatballs, also known as Kofta. I was struck by the full-flavoured punch that the meatballs were given thanks to the addition of both cumin and mint, as well as a creamy drizzle of yogurt dressing over top. They were fantastic and have remained in my mind one year later!

Inspired by Kraft’s new Dress Up Your Faves campaign and the many culturally-inspired dishes that have come out of it, I decided to create a hacked recipe for making Turkish-inspired meatballs. My hack for this recipe is one that is so ingrained in my routine, that I had forgotten it was even a hack! I’ve always hated forming meatballs by hand, and for as long as I can remember have used a quick-release ice-cream scoop to form meatballs at home. The meatballs come out the perfect shape and size every time, and remain tender because you haven’t overworked them in your hands. The best part? They take less than half the time it would take to form them by hand!

Get These

  • 1 lb. (450g) extra-lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh mint, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Kraft Creamy Cucumber Dressing, divided

Do This

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Mix ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, cumin, 2 Tbsp. mint, and ¼ cup dressing until just combined. Do not over mix.
  3. Form meatballs using a quick-release ice cream scoop sprayed with non-stick spray. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake 26-28 minutes, or until done (160ºF).
  5. Serve meatballs drizzle with remaining dressing and sprinkled with remaining mint.

DONE!

Turkish Meatballs
  • This recipe serves 4.

SERVING SUGGESTION:

  • Serve with rice or in warmed pita bread!
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