Köftes are one of my favourite meat dishes. When growing up my mum would make these in bulk and we would enjoy them the next day for breakfast or lunch in a toasted sandwich.
Traditionally Köftes are usually deep fried in a flavourless oil like Sunflower oil or sometimes even in Olive oil and is enjoyed with a side of Turkish Pilav or a Potato salad. This dish is perfect for a family lunch or dinner and is quiet a popular option to serve at family gatherings and parties as a cold meze-style dish.
I love anything deep fried, I mean who doesn’t?! But as a healthier option I tried an alternative cooking method and decided to bake these Köftes instead and make them into small meatballs.
This recipe is so easy to put together and the total cooking time is only 30 mins, which in the meantime you can make whatever side dishes you want to enjoy with these Lamb Köfte meatballs.
For the recipe I used lamb mince but you can also use beef mince and it will work just as well. You can also make up these meatballs and leave them in the fridge for up to 24 hours before baking them. Once cooked you can leave them in the fridge for a few days and enjoy as a light lunch or snack, hot or cold. Warming them up in microwave is quick and just as tasty the next day.
I will be sharing more Turkish and Mediterranean inspired food recipes here on my blog but for now check out some of my other family friendly recipes here.
Turkish Köfte Meatballs
Baked Turkish Köfte Meatballs are a great family-friendly meal that are easy to put together.
- 1 kg Lamb Mince
- 2 White Onions, grated
- 50 g Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
- 2 Bread Slices, grated
- 1 tsp Fine Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Ground Black Peppercorn Pepper
Preheat Fan Oven to 180 degrees
Line two baking trays with foil, turning up the sides
In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients and using your hand mix everything until everything is combined well
On to the lined baking trays, make up the meatballs and line them up so there is room between them for even cooking
Place in the oven and bake for around 30 minutes
Once cooked, using tongs, remove each meatball and place into a bowl or serving dish (Lamb when cooked releases its fat juices so don't let it sit in it for too long once removing from the oven)
Serve with warm pitta bread, a side of rice, a Mediterranean salad and some Turkish yoghurt.
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