As I have mentioned before, I loveeeeeeeeeeee Lebanese food. I could eat it all day, every day, easily.
Since I wasn’t able to get my fix at my favorite Lebanese restaurant in Toledo over Christmas, I decided to try making some Kafta. While it didn’t take too much like the version at my favorite restaurant, it did turn out moist, flavorful, and delicious.
I wasn’t about to venture outside & break out the charcoal to make the traditional grilled skewers, so I just made Kafta patties on the stove top. I served with a side of tabbouleh, hummus, and a piece of pita bread to keep things lean and healthy (Hello early start to New Years Resolutions 2011!).
- 1 lb lean ground beef (or lamb)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp all spice
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cumin
1. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Easiest way is to mix by hand!
2. Form 6 patties. Remember that patties always shrink up, so try to make them about ¾ inch thick.
3. Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Cook 3 patties at once, for 5 minutes on each side.
4. Serve with Pita Bread, Hummus, & Tabbouleh!