Fish Kofta Sandwiches
Chopped fresh cod is mixed with lots of seasonings and aromatics and formed into a sausage shape before grilling for a supertasty take on the Middle Eastern classic skewered meat patties.
Grilled Beef-and-Lamb Köfte
Because they're small and oval-shaped, Turkey's kofte are like a cross between a meatball and a hamburger. These kofte, which master butcher Veysel Direk makes at Dukkan butcher shop, are juicy and simply flavored with onion and parsley.
Red Lentil Köfte with Tomato-Cucumber Salad
This recipe was inspired by the incredibly moist lentil patties called kufte that Ana Sortun first tried in Istanbul at Ferda Erdinc's vegetarian restaurant, Zencefil. The kufte here are fried, but they can also be served grilled, baked, or "raw."
Ground Lamb and Shallot Kebabs with Pomegranate Molasses
Burhan Cagdas makes ground-meat kebabs (kofta) from hand-chopped lamb mixed with diced lamb-tail fat. In place of the fat, Paula Wolfert uses crème fraîche, which keeps the meat rich-tasting and meltingly tender.
Köfte with Pistachios and Tahini Sauce
These meatballs are half lamb, half beef and are peppered with crunchy, toasted pistachios.