Yum, we’re cooking Lamb Kofta. If you are on the hunt for a lean protein your kids will love and adults will applaud head to market and load up on healthy ground lamb to create this updated version of meatballs. This is the Middle Eastern version called KOFTAS and I think this food trend should sweep the nation!
Kofta, also called kefta, is the Middle Eastern word for spiced meat ball. Koftas are essentially meat “logs”– meatballs smooshed on a stick for hand-held, mouth-watering, dip-able deliciousness. These are so easy to make, you can serve in large batches (perfect for entertaining or making double batches to freeze for later).
I’m sharing my favorite kofta recipe with American lamb from Mountain States Rosen. This lamb is not ordinary. It was raised sustainably on 100% vegetarian diet by family ranchers in the American West. Starting with the best ingredients mean the end result will be fabulous.
Lamb Kefta Kebabs with Dried Fruit-Mint Quinoa
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Ingredients – Lamb Kebab
2 pounds ground Cedar Springs or Shepherd’s Pride lamb
1/2 cup finely minced onion
6 cloves minced garlic
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper, to taste
12 skewers (metal or wooden soaked in water about 20 minutes)
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Form into 24 oblong patties, about 2 inches in length; thread 2 patties onto each skewer.
Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill skewers until lamb is just cooked through, 2 minutes per side (meat will be pink on the inside). (Skewers can also be cooked under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes until medium-rare–that is how I made these.) Remove from heat; rest for 3 minutes.
Ingredients – Quinoa
2 cups quinoa
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots (about 6 apricots)
1/3 cup chopped dates (about 3 large dates) NOTE: I swapped out dates for raisins
4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Follow cooking instructions on quinoa box/bag. When done, remove from heat, fluff and cover for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and toss quinoa. Serve with skewers.
I believe in exposing the kids to a wide variety of healthy foods. Lamb is nutrient rich, making it a natural fit for healthy diets. On average, it’s an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc and selenium and a good source of iron and riboflavin. Plus, lamb has five times more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than beef. Koftas are a perfect starting place, because:
1. Sweet and savory flavors like cinnamon, cumin and garlic tempt small taste-testers;
2. Kids will enjoy the preparation scene—helping you squish the lamb onto sticks with knuckle-like imprints; and
3. Lamb Koftas are totally dippable in kids’ favorite sauces: tzatziki yogurt, barbecue, Asian sweet-and-spicy, etc..
You can find this consistently tender and succulent American lamb under the brand names Cedar Springs, Shepherd’s Pride, or store brands. Visit mountainstatesrosen.com for more recipes and information.
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