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Bulgur Meatballs (Keftede)

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Category: Meat

 Ingredients List

  • 3/4 c Bulgur
  • 1/2 c Chickpeas; cooked 4 oz
  • 1 lb Ground lamb; lean, see note
  • 1/2 c Bread crumbs
  • (finely crumbled pita bread)
  • 1 lg Egg; slightly beaten
  • 1/4 c Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Clove garlic; crushed
  • 1 1/2 ts Ground coriander
  • 1 ts Ground cumin
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1/4 ts White pepper
  • 1/4 c Chopped parsley; or mint or
  • -mix
  • 3 tb Virgin olive oil; or less
  • 1 Sprig fresh mint; for
  • -garnish
  • Salad leaves; for garnish
  • 1/3 c Plain lowfat yogurt;
  • -optional


VARIATIONS Use less meat. Substitute ground turkey 1 medium egg for the

PREPARATION (30 minutes) - Place the bulgur in a small bowl, add enough
cold water to cover and let soak for 10 minutes. Drain through a sieve
lined with a piece of cheesecloth. Wrap the cheesecloth around the bulgur
and squeeze out the excess water. - OR USE INSTANT - Place the chickpeas in
a blender or a food processor fitted with a metal blade and blend until
finely chopped. (Or coarse chop)

COOKING (30 minutes chilling and 30 minutes cooking) - Place the bulgur,
chickpeas, lamb, bread crumbs, egg, lemon juice, garlic, coriander, cumin,
salt, pepper and mint in a large mixing bowl and combine well. - With cold,
wet hands, roll the mixture into 30 balls,about 1-1/2 in (3 cm) in
diameter. Place on a large plate, cover and refrigerate for at least 20
minutes. Re-roll the chilled meatballs, if necessary, to refine the shape.
~ Heat half the oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Reduce
the heat to low, add half the meatballs and cook, moving and turning over
frequently, until browned on all sides and cooked in the center, about 6 to
8 minutes. Test one for pink-center. Transfer to paper toweling when done.
Cover with foil to keep warm. - Heat the remaining oil in the skillet and
cook the remaining meatballs. - Place meatballs on a warm serving platter.
Serve hot, garnished with mint and salad leaves or dandilion greens. Serve
with yogurt in a bowl.

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