İçli Köfte (Stuffed Bulghur Ball with Meat)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This is another traditional Turkish Food which is not so easy to make. You need really talented hands to make these balls. It is mostly served in Southern part of Turkey. You can find some variations of these dish in arab countries that called Kıbbah. Yes, it is not easy to make but it definetly worth to try.
If it will be your first trial, you can cook 1 potato and put into bulghur, so you will avoid bulghur to messed up , and plus you will not need to knead too much.

200 gr fine bulgur
1 egg

1/2 tablespoon red pepper paste
1/2 table spoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon cumin
100 gr semolina
1/2 table spoon of salt

1/2 table spoon of red pepper

For Inside;
250 gr ground beef
1 sp butter
2 onions,chopped
1/2 gl walnuts,chopped
black pepper

Soak bulgur with 1 cup boiled water,let stand half an hour,add semolina, egg,tomato&red pepper paste,salt,cumin,red pepper and knead very well. You will have a sticky soft dough.
Place butter in a pan, add onions, add ground beef, sautee 7-8 min.
Add spices and finely chopped walnuts. cook for some min more and let it cool.
The most difficult part start now, get some bulghur as big as a walnut, and with one finger, start pressing inside, make a large cavity. It should be thin, when it is big and thin enough, fill it with meat we prepared. 
Wet your hand.
After you filled, close the shape, like a ball or like egg shape.
Heat oil in a frying pan, lightly fry the balls till they get golden.

Serve it warm..

Bon appetit...


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