July 9, 2014

Turkish Meatballs




If you have been following my blog you know I am half Turkish and love Turkey, especially Istanbul, a lot. You would also know that every summer or at least once a year I would travel to Istanbul to spend time with family and friends. This summer I won’t be able to make it. The thought of it already pains me. I can’t stand it. My mom’s sad, too. Yet, my life changes kind of prevent me from visiting my beloved and favorite city. I will visit soon again but just not this summer. {I may or may not be slightly crying right now}

The other day I had some time to myself while my favorite person was at work. Looking at my photos from last year in Istanbul I realized how much I miss Turkish meatballs. Then it hit me. I had all the ingredients at home. All of them. So, why not make my favorite meat dish and see if my guy also likes it. The result was clear since he devoured every single meatball like it was nothing. He sure liked them.
Best part of it all…it’s partially gluten free and I just cannot wait to make more soon.
























Here’s what you need:
2 white onions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 lb of ground beef, or lamb, or veal (yet beef is easiest and cheapest)
5-6 tbsp breadcrumbs or there like (I used gluten free dry bread I had a home)
1 egg
2 tbsp fresh (or dried) finely chopped parsley
1 tsp cumin
salt
pepper
paprika
oil

In a large bowl combine the meat with breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, onions, garlic and all the seasoning. Work it all together, with your hands not a tool. Your hands, or one hand if you prefer, are the best tool for this. Knead the meat so to speak for about 15 minutes. YES, that long. Don’t be soft to the meat mixture. Make sure everything is mixed and kneaded well. Once done, make little balls out of the meat mixture (usually you get 18 -22 tiny patties). I prefer medium sized ones…about two to three inches wide in size.

Add oil to the pan and cook the meatballs for about 2-3 minutes each side. That’s it.

You can serve rice to this dish, or a healthy salad, French fries or fried potatoes.
I made a cucumber/tomato salad with a lemon sauce dressing. Simple, easy, and very Mediterranean.

Enjoy.

top image via Chubby Hubby

4 comments :

Mrs. Pancakes said...

That looks amazing!!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

That looks so good! and with fries? MMM!

Ashley said...

I'm gonna have to try your recipe, Selma! Let's see how it compares to the Kofte in Bodrum ;)

Christina said...

Yum! I might have to try these!

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