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What’s for Dinner: Egyptian Kofta


Egyptian Kofta

Food of Egypt

5 servings

I thought it might be fun to include some recipes from the countries we are learning about this year. I don’t know if this particular dish is from ancient or modern Egypt, but I do know that my kids LOVE it. My son asks for it every week! You can shape these as directed, or into meatballs (which my kids like to do), or patties for burgers. It’s great served with pita bread and tahini sauce. I typically don’t have have ground lamb so I have used all beef. And I use regular olive oil in the pan rather than spray. If you visit the website above where I found the recipe, there are further directions for adding a smokey taste with a bit of charcoal, but below is how I prepared it at home. Enjoy!


1 lb ground beef

1/4 lb ground lamb (optional, if not using then add more ground beef instead)

1/2 cup minced parsley

1 grated small onion

2 minced garlic

1 tsp salt

1 tsp crushed black pepper

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Extra virgin olive oil Spray


  • Mix the onion and garlic with the spices and let it sit in room temperature for 15 minutes.
  • Add the meat and the parsley to the onion and mix well.  Shape the meat into kofta shapes.
  • Spray the bottom of a large pan with the olive oil.  Heat the pan over medium high heat.
  • When the pan is hot, add the koftas and pan fry on all sides.  Lower the heat and cover the pan.
  • Let it cook for 5 minutes.  Then uncover the pan and let any liquid evaporate.

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