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Below are the ingredients and the instructions on how to make Izmir Kofte.
- 2 Eggs
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 cups water or lamb/beef stock
- 1 kilo lean ground beef or lamb
- 1 small Onion, chopped finely
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 mediums green peppers, seeded and cut diagonally into slices
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 3 large tomatoes, diced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
- Heat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Make the sauce first. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the tomato paste, then add the tomatoes and water or stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Let simmer, stirring occasionally, while you make the kfte so that the tomatoes boil down.
- Combine the ground lamb or beef, onion, garlic, eggs, paprika, cumin and parsley in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. With moistened hands, mix the ingredients for about 2 minutes. Keep a bowl of warm water nearby to wet your hands while working. Shape the meat mixture into 20-25 oval balls.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat, add the kfte and lightly brown the meat all over (about 5 minutes).
- Place the kfte in an ovenproof dish and set them aside.
- Pour the tomato sauce over the kfte. Arrange the green peppers on top. Cover the dish and bake for 40 minutes. To check for doneness, cut one kfte open; it should be brown, not pink.
- Serve with fried potatoes or rice and salad.
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