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Middle Eastern Kofta Kebabs with Lemon-Tahini Sauce

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower, Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 25 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: 2 skewers and 1 tablespoon sauce)

Cooked quinoa acts as a binder for these kebabs, packing them with extra protein and some whole-grain goodness.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup packaged cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large ripe tomato, sliced
  • Lemon wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 291
  • fat 14.5 g
  • satfat 4.9 g
  • monofat 5.8 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 27 g
  • carbohydrate 13 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 74 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 569 mg
  • calcium 66 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler to high. Position oven rack 6 inches below heating element.

  2. Line a baking sheet with foil; set a wire rack on top of foil. Coat rack with cooking spray. Combine quinoa, onion, mint, 2 tablespoons yogurt, cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic, and next 5 ingredients (through paprika) in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add beef; pulse until well blended.

  3. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions. Form 1 portion of beef mixture into a 3 1/2-inch-long patty around an 8-inch metal skewer; place on prepared wire rack. Repeat with remaining beef mixture. Place baking sheet in oven; broil 4 minutes. Turn skewers over; broil 3 to 4 minutes or until browned.

  4. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons yogurt, 1 tablespoon water, tahini, juice, honey, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

  5. Arrange cucumber and tomato on a platter. Top with kebabs; drizzle with sauce. Serve with lemon wedges.