Kefta

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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.

Yield: 4 servings, about 3 kefta each
Active Time: 35
Total Time: 95

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

Preparation

  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.

Tips & Notes

  • 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

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 354
fat 25 g (7 g sat, 14 g mono)
cholesterol 90 mg
carbohydrates 6 g
protein 26 g
fiber 1 g
sodium 607 mg
potassium 385 mg

Nutrition Bonus Zinc (33% daily value), Vitamin C (25% dv), Iron (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 1/2

Exchanges 3 1/2 medium-fat meat, 2 fat

From EatingWell September/October 2008