Spicy Kofte

Spicy Kofte Recipe
Photo: Karry Hosford
This meat on a skewer is a specialty of the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Processing the lamb together with all the ingredients and refrigerating allows the flavors to mingle. Though traditionally cooked over an open fire, the skewers can also be cooked in a 450° oven. Serve with pita bread.


6 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 180
Caloriesfromfat 28 %
Fat 5.6 g
Satfat 1.8 g
Monofat 2.2 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 18.6 g
Carbohydrate 14.1 g
Fiber 2.6 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Iron 3.6 mg
Sodium 565 mg
Calcium 57 mg


1 pound leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves
2 (2-ounce) slices whole wheat nut bread (such as Arnold Health Nut)
Cooking spray


Place all ingredients except cooking spray in a food processor; process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.

Prepare grill.

Divide meat mixture into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 6-inch rope. Insert an 8-inch skewer through center of each rope.

Place kebabs on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done.