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Lamb Köfte with Tarator Sauce
- Active time:40 min
- Start to finish:1 hr
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- 3 slices firm white sandwich bread, torn into pieces
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 1/2 lb ground lamb
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or 1/2 tsp hot red-pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Equipment:20 (8- to 10-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes
Accompaniments:tarator sauce; chopped tomatoes; chopped onion; pita bread
Soak bread in water to cover 30 minutes, then squeeze gently to remove as much water as possible.
Pulse onion in a food processor until finely chopped. Add parsley and pulse to finely chop. Add lamb, bread, spices, and 1 tsp salt and pulse until combined.
Divide mixture into 20 portions (about 1/4 cup each), forming each into a ball. Roll each ball into a 5-inch-long “cigar.” Slide a skewer lengthwise through center of each.
Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium-high heat for gas); see “Grilling Procedure.”
Oil grill rack, then grill köfte, covered only if using a gas grill, rotating a quarter turn occasionally, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes total.