Turkish meatballs with garlicky dipping sauce
Having now enjoyed a number of days of leftover turkey (the holiday bird, that is), Day 6 was about bringing a different taste of Turkey to the table.
That poor poultry pun was by way of introducing the stars of today’s creation: the few remaining dried herbs and spices from the Cumali Baba “17 Eyed Spices” gift set, purchased in 2014 at an Istanbul market by daughter Hannah when she was a London-living, globe-trotting 20-something.
Twelve of the 17 spices had been consumed, but among the remaining containers were sumac, coriander and mint which I used to make the fragrant Turkish meatballs known as kofta (or kefta). The best kofta I’ve tasted comes from Sofra, a tiny restaurant in Edmonton’s downtown. Mine did not quite match the flavour of theirs, but were still a terrific take on meatballs.
Served with home fries and salad.
Kitchen castoffs used
Sumac, coriander and mint from the Cumali Baba “17 Eyed Spices” gift set.
- 1 lb ground beef (or lamb, or mix of beef and pork)
- ½ cup bread crumbs (I used Panko)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 egg
- 3 tsp “meatball spice mix”, made from: 1tsp each of cumin, coriander, paprika, dried mint and sumac, plus ½ tsp each of cinnamon, allspice, ground ginger, nutmeg, cayenne. (You’ll have some spice mix left for next time)
For the yogurt sauce (I made half this amount)
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tsp chopped garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
This is how we did it
Mix the all meatball ingredients together, form into flat-ish ovals.
I cooked mine on the stovetop, using a cast iron grill pan. The ridges on the bottom raise the patties up from the fat in the pan, and they create pleasing grill marks. Cook about 7 to 8 minutes total, flipping a couple of times so they didn’t burn.
For the sauce, mash the garlic and salt together, then stir in the yogurt along and lemon juice.
About my 100 day project: 100 days of cooking, using forgotten or cast-off kitchen ingredients.
If you like this, you might enjoy previous posts about my #100daysofcooking
Have you done a 100 day project? I’d love to hear about it