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Kofta Pita Sandwich with Garlic Tahini Sauce Recipe

Kofta Pita Sandwich with Garlic Tahini Sauce
Source: little spice jar

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Ingredients

  • 1 – 1¼ pound 90% lean ground beef (or lamb)
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac
  • ½ teaspoon saffron (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • to serve: pitas, lettuce, parsley, sliced onions, cucumbers etc.
  • 1/3 cup tahini paste
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3-5 tablespoons water
  • salt
PREP TIME
20m
COOK TIME
5m
TOTAL TIME
50m
YIELD
4-5 servings

Instructions

Marinate:

  • Add the saffron (if using) to a small bowl along with two tablespoons of warm water. Cover with plastic wrap and let bloom while you chop the onions and parsley.
  • Add the ground beef to a medium bowl, along with the chopped onions, parsley, turmeric, sumac, saffron, 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • Mix using clean hands until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and ideally, for 24 hours.

Garlic tahini sauce: 

  • To make the sauce, combine the tahini paste, garlic, and lemon juice in a food processor with a big pinch of salt; run the food processor until the garlic and tahini combine. With the food processor running, drizzle in the olive oil and three tablespoons of warm water.
  • If the sauce is still thick, add in another two tablespoons (one at a time) until the sauce thins to the proper consistency. Taste and adjust with additional salt as desired.

Make kofta:

  • Shape the kofta kabobs into small patties or large ones. Grill them over medium-high heat.
  • Smaller patties will take 3-4 minutes (approx.), larger ones will take 5-6 minutes (approx.)
  • Serve kofta kabobs in warm pitas with sliced onions, cucumbers, sumac, lettuce, parsley, etc!

Dinner

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