Kefta

Kefta

Kefta, seasoned ground meat, is one of Morocco's most popular street foods. Traditionally, kefta is washed down with a glass of sweet mint tea. It's delicious served with ratatouille.

Recipe from EatingWell
SERVINGS
6
YIELD
4 servings, about 3 kefta each
PREP TIME
35 mins
TOTAL TIME
1 hr 35 mins

Kefta

Kefta, seasoned ground meat, is one of Morocco's most popular street foods. Traditionally, kefta is washed down with a glass of sweet mint tea. It's delicious served with ratatouille.

Recipe from EatingWell
Recipe from EatingWell
Ingredients
  • 8   ounces ground beef , 90%-lean or leaner
  • 8   ounces ground lamb
  • 1/3  cup lemon juice
  • 1   small onion, quartered
  • 2   cloves garlic, peeled
  • 8   pitted green olives
  • 2   tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2   tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1   tablespoon ground cumin, plus more for serving
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  •  Harissa, (see Ingredient Note) for serving
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Directions
1. 
Place beef, lamb and lemon juice in a large bowl. Gently combine until incorporated. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
2. 
Transfer the meat to a colander and press to squeeze out excess moisture. Place onion, garlic and olives in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add to the marinated meat along with oil, cilantro, parsley, 1 tablespoon cumin, salt and pepper. Gently combine until evenly incorporated.
3. 
Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on it.
4. 
Using about 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture for each, form 12 thin patties, about 2 1/2 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. Place on the wire rack.
5. 
Broil the patties until brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with additional cumin and harissa, if desired.
Tip:
1. 
Ingredient note: Harissa is a fiery Tunisian chile paste commonly used in North African cooking. Find it at specialty-food stores, mustaphas.com or amazon.com. Harissa in a tube will be much hotter than that in a jar. You can substitute Chinese or Thai chile-garlic sauce for it.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 354, Fat, total (g) 25, chol. (mg) 90, sat. fat (g) 7, carb. (g) 6, Monosaturated fat (g) 14, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 26, vit. C (mg) 14.76, sodium (mg) 607, Potassium (mg) 385, iron (mg) 2.7, Medium-Fat Meat () 3.5, Fat () 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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