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Lamb koftas

I generally have a few staple dinners that I cook during the week.  You know what I mean, those dishes that you know take minimum time to prepare and taste great for what they are.  Lately though, I have been trying to make sure that I cook a few different things.  That, combined with wanting to use up items in the freezer, has meant that I need to be a little more creative.

Minced lamb is probably my favourite minced meat because it has a sweetness that beef just can’t compete with.  So discovering a few packets in my freezer was like finding a wonderful present hidden under the Christmas tree, I was quite excited.  (I know it is very sad that I am excited by finding a particular item in my freezer but that is part of the life of a self confessed food/cooking junkie :-)).  I even knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  So after searching the www for what I needed, I came up with this recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

lamb koftas (recipe from Taste.com.au)
serves 8

My tips:  *Use the best quality lamb mince that you can afford as it will make a difference to the finished dish.  *I didn’t have a red onion so I just used a brown one and it was fine.  *I found that combining the mixture by hand gave me the best result as I could feel that everything was incorporated properly.  *You can prepare the mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it for a few hours until you are ready to cook the koftas. 

ease: 9/10.    
prep time: 15mins.
cooking time: 20mins.
total: 35mins.

taste: 10/10.  These were delicious.  We decided to serve them with salad, hummus, natural yoghurt with lemon juice and pita bread so that we could make them into a kind of sandwich.  They were also great just on their own, the spices and freshness of the herbs were balanced well and gave them a delicious flavour.  The condiments, especially the yoghurt and lemon juice, just topped them off.  G was very lucky to have any leftover for lunch the next day.    

would I make it again: Absolutely – I’d just make more of them.

Lamb kofta recipe – From Good Taste, October 2004

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