Moroccan Kefta with Creamy Herbed Sauce

In my research for this post I found out that there is a basic recipe and many different optional spices & multiple ways of prepping/cooking the kefta.  Kefta can be grilled as a kabob or made as meatballs & simmered in a simmering liquid.  Kefta means chopped meat; it can be served with a creamy herbed yogurt and/or a herbed tomato sauce.  I am using just a basic recipe with no add-ins for this recipe.  I noted the optional spices at the end of the recipe.

1 pound Ground Beef (and/or lamb)

Medium Onion, grated (or finely diced) & well-drained (squeeze through cheesecloth)

2 teaspoon Paprika (not smoked)

1 teaspoon Cumin

1 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

1/8 teaspoon Cayenne

1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped

1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped – – (use additional parsley for those who don’t like cilantro)

 

Combine all ingredients; set aside in refrigerator at least an hour (for flavors to blend).  Shape into a sausage shape & skewer the meat; mold to skewer.  Cook over hot coals (gray in color) about 5 minutes each side or until cooked through (watch carefully so they don’t dry out).  Serve immediately.

 

 

Creamy Herbed Sauce

1/2 red onion, finely diced

1 cup plain Greek non-dairy yogurt or sour cream

1/2 bunch cilantro, minced

1/2 bunch mint

2 hot peppers, seeded & diced

zest & juice of 1 lime

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

1 1/2 teaspoon cumin

 

Combine onion & yogurt (sour cream); combine the remaining ingredients & pulse until lightly blended; fold into onion/yogurt mixture & serve with Kefta.

 

 

Optional spices:

1/4 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

3 teaspoons Fresh Mint (especially with lamb)

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Have you every had Kefta?  Did you like it?

Egyptian Lentil Stew

When researching recipes for the Mediterranean feature, I was intrigued by this recipe.  It sounded unique & delicious.  I really like lentils; and this recipe was an excellent choice for me; it is based on 3 different recipes – I used what I had since I didn’t have all the ingredients for any of the recipes & I LOVED how it turned out.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

Oil

1/2 of a large white or yellow onion, finely diced

1 elephant garlic clove (see below) or 3-4 regular cloves, minced

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1 1/2 cups dry lentils

2-3 tablespoons beef bouillon (use vegetable for a vegetarian/vegan option)

water – about 5-6 cups

1 tablespoon lemon juice

 

 

Add oil to a skillet & heat over medium heat; once hot, add onion & cook 5-7 minutes or until translucent.  Add garlic & cook another 1-2 minutes.  Scrape onions & garlic to sides of pan & add seasonings; cook until fragrant & stir into onion/garlic mixture, about 3 minutes.  Add bouillon to water (4 cups) & heat over medium heat.  Pour onion mixture into water & add lentils; stir to break up any clumps in the lentils (I’ve noticed the red lentils clump when poured into water).  Simmer over medium heat until lentils are soft – about 30 minutes.  Check occasionally & add additional water (1 cup at a time), if needed.  Taste & adjust seasonings as needed.  Add lemon juice & heat through.  Serve & enjoy!

 

Note:  I didn’t use any salt in this recipe due to the bouillon.

Elephant Garlic:

     

 

Have you ever tried Lentils?  Do you like them, comment & let me know.

Demetrius’s Greek Chicken & Potatoes

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This recipe is one that a friend of my father’s gave to my mother.  Demetrius was born & raised in Greece & immigrated, when he was a young man, to the U.S.  He worked with my father at the local cannery and he would occasionally come over & cook Greek food for us; this is one of our family’s favorite meals.

 

 

One whole chicken

6-8 potatoes

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt 

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1-2 tablespoons dried oregano, crushed

1 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Optional:  Fresh Lemon Slices & Fresh Oregano sprigs

 

(Demetrius’s directions:  well, you know how to cook, so just do it)

 

Preheat to 425°

Combine oil, garlic, dried oregano & lemon juice; divide in half.

Rinse chicken & pat dry (remove gizzard/liver packet & set aside).  Drizzle about 1/3 of the marinade on the chicken and rub it all over & under the skin. Season generously inside and out with salt and pepper. Place the lemon and herbs inside the cavity, if using. Place the chicken breast-side up in a large frying pan or cast-iron skillet, roast the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes.

Cut potatoes in half, so they look like mounds; place in separate baking pan; drizzle a portion of the marinade over the potatoes; toss to coat.

Add potatoes to oven & reduce the temperature to 325°F and continue roasting – 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the juices run clear and a thermometer inserted into the inner thigh (but not touching the bone) registers 165°F .

Baste the chicken and potatoes with remaining marinade throughout the cooking time – every 30 minutes or so & turning potatoes as they cook.

Cook potatoes until golden.

Remove the chicken from the oven and place on a cutting board. Let it rest about 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

 

Serve hot.

 

Enjoy!

 

Do you have a favorite Greek dish?  Comment & let me know.