These kebabs have 6 different kinds of spices; the first time I smelled them I knew immediately that I had to find the recipe. The most affordable way to purchase the spices is in bulk at either a health food store or an Asian or Middle-Eastern market. They are very good! Serve with yogurt, flat bread, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
28
Yield:
28 skewers
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Ingredients

28
Original recipe yields 28 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mash the garlic into a paste with the salt using a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a chef's knife on your cutting board. Mix the garlic into the lamb along with the onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper, ginger, and pepper in a mixing bowl until well blended. Form the mixture into 28 balls. Form each ball around the tip of a skewer, flattening into a 2 inch oval; repeat with the remaining skewers. Place the kebabs onto a baking sheet, cover, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to 12 hours.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil grate.

  • Cook the skewers on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until the lamb has cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 6 minutes for medium.

Nutrition Facts

35 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 0.6g; fat 2.3g 4% DV; cholesterol 10.8mg 4% DV; sodium 78.2mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
Very good, tastes authentic. I use ground beef instead of lamb and serve with the traditional garlic sauce: 4 gloves of garlic, peeled and crushed, 1/4 c olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Process in blender or food processor. If the mixture is too runny, add mayo to thicken it to a creamy-thick consistency. Serve over the koftas. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/27/2011
We love greek food but certainly were not fond of this recipe. We all thought there was entirely too much cinnamon in it. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 14
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  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
Very good, tastes authentic. I use ground beef instead of lamb and serve with the traditional garlic sauce: 4 gloves of garlic, peeled and crushed, 1/4 c olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Process in blender or food processor. If the mixture is too runny, add mayo to thicken it to a creamy-thick consistency. Serve over the koftas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2008
Made these with only ground beef, and baked them for 25 minutes at 350, and served them with some lettuce, yogurt, tomatoes, and a sliced up garlic pickle in a pita - delicious!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2008
We recently moved from the Detroit metro area where we were lucky enough to have our choice of many of the best middle eastern restaurants in the U.S. These kebabs taste just like the Kofta we sampled in so many places - delicious!! We used beef instead of lamb but I have also had chicken kofta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2012
Bored with the same ol' same ol,' I decided to throw caution to the wind and go for something completely foreign to me. I planned this around an entire Middle Eastern dinner! I have never had anything like this. (I know, where have I been all my life?) I wasn't sure at all that I'd like all the spices, many of which were common to a pumpkin pie! I was particularly wary of the cinnamon and was tempted to cut it way back. But I was eager to try this, and figured if worse came to worst we could always come up with Plan B. I was so pleased, so surprised! Somehow the myriad of spices all come together and produce something pleasantly and mildly flavorful, albeit unusually so. I found they're not as good on their own, however, as they are tucked in a pita or flatbread with some fresh greens and tzatziki sauce (thinly sliced tomato and red onion would have been very good with this too - wish I would have thought of that BEFORE we sat down to dinner) I made them into little sausage shapes, two per skewer, then turned them over to Hubs, who grilled them to perfection over charcoal. Still, this preparation of meat is different and unfamiliar to most of us, and as such won't appeal to everyone - as it did not with my mother... (Note: I used two parts lamb, one part ground chuck) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2009
Pretty tasty. I made mine half and half with ground beef and ground pork and doubled the recipe. I was worried that the spices might be overwhelming, but they weren't. I didn't bother shaping the meat into 28 (or 56!) round balls, I just formed cylinders (about 4" by 1.5") around the skewers. The double recipe made 10 portions this way. The meat was nice and moist after grilling. They were great grilled and served with pita bread, tomatoes, cucumbers and tzatziki. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2009
I have followed the recipe perfectly in the past and made delicious kofta but more recently I started using lean chevap meat instead. It tasted absolutely divine! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2010
Pretty good. It was enough for 2 maybe 3 people, I made 3 average size skewers, I have no idea why it says you need 28 skewers. I couldn't even make 4 with 1 lb of lamb. But it was perfect for me and my man. Very juicy, great flavor. If you have a family I would make 2 lbs. I served with yogurt sauce I made, grilled pita breads, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2009
Delicious! My family loved these and asked me to make them every week. I did use ground turkey instead of lamb. I add one egg per pound of meat and also used fresh mint. The flavor was great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2008
We made these with half ground beef and half ground turkey. They came out great! An excellent recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/27/2011
We love greek food but certainly were not fond of this recipe. We all thought there was entirely too much cinnamon in it. Read More
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