I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kofta with Homemade Tzatziki

I have seen these referred to as Kofta, Kefta, Kafta and Kufta. Not sure if there is a difference or not but anyways, here is my Kofta.

1 lb ground beef/pork/veal mix
3 tbsps minced onion
2 tbsps minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp finely chopped fresh mint
1 tbsp parsley
1  1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp fresh minced dill
12 skewers

If you are using wooden skewers soak them in water for 30 minutes so they don't burn when cooking.  You may need to weigh them down.
Mix the ground meat with minced onion. Use a mortar and pestle to mix the garlic and salt together, then add it to the meat along with the remainder of the seasonings.
I didn't use dill in mine because my daughter doesn't like it. But you should definitely use dill.
Once the meat is mixed and the skewers have soaked, divide the mixture into 12 parts and form the meat onto the skewers covering the tip.
Refrigerate for  at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours.

Grill stovetop in olive oil to brown then transfer to a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350F for
10 - 15 minutes.
Serve on the skewer along with wedgie potatoes,


wrap in a pita along with chopped tomatoes and sliced black olives.  And don't forget to slather on this homemade tzatziki.


1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup shredded English cucumber
1 tsp garlic (use mortar and pestle to purée)
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
pinch pepper


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