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Meat and Turkey Koftas

Meat Meat
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Not your typical hamburger at all. A mixture of chopped meat and turkey for optimum texture and a tantalizing combo of spices make these kabobs an original and popular supper option. These were enjoyed by all ages!


Prepare the Meat and Turkey Koftas

Yields 15-15 kabobs

1. Soak 15–16 skewers in water for at least half an hour.
2. Mix all ingredients together well. Form into 15–16 balls. Thread each ball onto a skewer and shape into a two-inch (five centimeter) oval in the center of the skewer. Place skewers on a baking sheet, cover, and refrigerate for about 45 minutes, or even overnight.
3. Preheat oven to broil. (Make sure it gets good and hot before placing the kabobs inside.) Broil kabobs for 10 minutes on each side. If the tips of the skewers start to char, cover them with foil.
4. Serve with garlic aioli or a sweet chili sauce. Sometimes I’ll pour a little ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, and a tad of hot sauce in a bowl (all to taste) and serve alongside the kabobs.


Refrigerating raw kabobs before grilling them (the longer the better) ensures a crispy exterior. It’s worth the wait!


These pair well with a simple Israeli salad — finely diced cucumbers and tomatoes, lettuce, onion, and sour pickle (optional but recommended), seasoned with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper.


Food and Prop Styling by Renee Muller
Photography by Hudi Greenberger