It has officially been 6 months since I chose the vegetarian life! Growing up in a Turkish household, my diet consisted of a lot of meat dishes, whether it was in a Turkish Bean Stew or shish kebabs, it was always a big deal to have a little meat on your plate. Over the years I dramatically cut down on my meat in-take and eventually I made the decision to become a vegetarian. The only problem was that was my favourite Turkish dishes all had meat in there somewhere, so over the past 6 months I’ve adjusted my usual recipes to make the vegetarian equivelent and in most cases even vegan-friendly.
This is just one for the recipes I’ve been working on and now I’m finally ready to share it. Kofte’s are my favourite, especially Kibrisli Patatesli Kofte – Cyprus Potato Kofte’s. Adding potato into the mix takes these babies to another level. I have tried this recipe a few times using different ingredients and it wasn’t until I came across The Meatless Farm Co. and their meat-free mince that I was able to create the perfect Vegan Turkish Kofte. Oh my, they honestly taste so much like a meat kofte, the texture is exactly the same and even my meat-loving husband enjoyed them too!
What I love about these Koftes is how versatile they are. You can cook them up an enjoy them in so many different ways, as a main meal, as a snack or even enjoyed cold as part of a picnic.
So here it is, my Vegan Patatesli Kofte Recipe!
Meat-free & Vegan Turkish Potato Kofte's
In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients and use your hands to mix everything together for a few minutes
On a chopping board make up your Kofte's in the palm of your hand into desired kofte/meatball shapes using a little water on your fingers to stop them from sticking - you will have between 30-40 Kofte's
While making up the kofte's heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat
When the oil is hot carefully place the Kofte's into the pan using a slotted spoon until the frying pan is full, leave a little room between the Kofte's so they don't stick together - you will have to batch cook them.
Cook for around 4-5 minutes until brown. Using the slotted spoon turn them over and cook for the same amount of time until the Kofte's are an even rich brown colour all over.
Once cooked, using the slotted spoon remove the Kofte's carefully and place them into a clean large bowl lined with kitchen paper (this soaks up any excess oil) and cover while you cook the rest of the Kofte's.
Serve with a big Mediterranean salad and cold Mezze's, warm homemade flatbread and even some homemade chips for the kids.
Do let me know if you try them and what you think! For more of my vegan recipes, you can find them here. Don forget to follow my food account over on Instagram to see what I cook up daily as part of my vegetarian lifestyle.