Turkish Mediterranean style meatballs

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Turkish Mediterranean style meatballs
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Akdeniz (Mediterranean) style köfte is a type of Turkish meatball that is traditionally made with ground lamb or beef, bulgur, grated onion, minced garlic, and a variety of herbs and spices such as parsley, mint, tomato paste, paprika, and cumin. The ingredients are mixed together and shaped into small, oval-shaped balls, which are then fried in olive oil until browned on all sides and cooked through.

Köfte is a popular dish in Turkey and other parts of the Middle East and is often served as a main course with side dishes such as rice, salad, or vegetables. It can also be served as a snack or appetizer, either on its own or wrapped in lettuce leaves or served with pita bread. Köfte is usually enjoyed with a variety of condiments such as yogurt or a spicy tomato sauce.

  • Persons:
    4 personality
  • Preparation Time:
    15 minute
  • Cooking time:
    0 minute



  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 1/2 cup fine bulgur
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, for frying



  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground meat, bulgur, grated onion, minced garlic, chopped parsley, chopped mint, tomato paste, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  2. Shape the mixture into small, oval-shaped balls.
  3. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add the köfte to the skillet and fry until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with your choice of side dishes. Enjoy!

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