Kafta

DF, GF

Kafta is an Arabic recipe made from ground meat, usually lamb, mixed with spices, and it’s one of my favorite Lebanese dishes.  If you can’t find ground lamb you can make the recipe with ground beef in it’s place, but whatever you do don’t leave out the fresh herbs.  I served this along side some couscous and green beans, but hummous, baba gnoush and/or leben would have made a nice addition.

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Kafta
1 lb ground lamb
1 tbs ground coriander
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cayenne
salt and pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbs mint, chopped
1 tbs basil, chopped
1/2 tbs parsley, chopped

Preheat a grill pan. Combine the coriander,  paprika, onion powder, cumin, allspice, cayenne, garlic and some salt and pepper, mix until just combined. Mix in the lamb. Mold lamb into 5 1/2-inch-long hot dog shapes. Drizzle each with olive oil. Place on the grill pan and cover with aluminum foil, cook on each side for about 5 minutes, for a total of 9 to 10 minutes.

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