Keftethes

Keftethes

Meat patties

By
From
The Complete Middle Eastern Cookbook
Serves
6
Photographer
Alan Benson

These delicious meat patties are a family favourite. Since the introduction of the food processor, I have developed the recipe so that the meat mixture can be made very quickly.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 eggs
4-5 slices stale white bread
1 large onion, grated
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1-2 teaspoons mint, chopped, optional
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
freshly ground black pepper, to season
1kg beef or lamb, finely minced
plain flour, for coating
oil, for pan-frying

Method

  1. Lightly beat the eggs in a deep mixing bowl. Remove the crusts from the bread and discard. Soak the bread in cold water, then squeeze dry. Crumble the bread into the eggs and add the onion, lemon juice, herbs and seasonings. Leave for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the meat and mix lightly and thoroughly, using your hands if necessary. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. With moistened hands, shape the meat into balls about the size of small eggs. Roll them in flour, then flatten each one to a thick patty. Working in batches, pan-fry the patties in hot oil for 3–4 minutes on each side, until nicely browned. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Place the patties in a serving dish as they are cooked and drained, and keep them hot until all the patties are done.
  5. Serve hot with a boiled green vegetable and mashed potato, or with a tossed salad and fried potatoes.
  6. If you wish, make tomato sauce, omitting the cinnamon, and pour over the patties before serving.

Note

  • If using a food processor, combine the well-squeezed, soaked bread in the processor with the roughly chopped onion and herbs. Blend until puréed, then add the lemon juice, eggs, salt and pepper. Process until combined, then add a handful of the beef or lamb and process briefly. Add the mixture to the remaining meat and mix thoroughly with your hands. Cover and refrigerate, then shape and cook as above.
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The Complete Middle Eastern Cookbook
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