-Albanian CUISINE –
Qofte traditional albanian meatballs recipe
Ingredients for 8 large Qoftes
700 g of beef, ground
3 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
pinch of hot bell pepper
1 teaspoon fresh coriander (or 1/2 teaspoon dried coriander)
1/2 teaspoon romaine cumin
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1/3 teaspoon black pepper or lemon pepper
1/2 red bell pepper
piece of fresh ginger – (about 5-6 cm)
1 tsp parsley
How to make Qofte - Traditional albanian meatballs
To the minced meat (about 700 g) add pressed garlic (3 cloves), finely chopped onion (1 piece), bell bell pepper (1/2 piece), parsley (1 tsp) and fresh cilantro (1 teaspoon). Grate the ginger on a fine-mesh grater (about 5 cm). Then add all the spices: salt (1 teaspoon), sweet paprika (1 teaspoon), hot paprika (pinch), Roman cumin (1/2 teaspoon), cinnamon (pinch), nutmeg (pinch), ground black bell pepper (1/3 teaspoon). Mix the whole thing thoroughly with your hands, so that all the spices are evenly mixed with the meat.
I made my kofta with about 3-4 tablespoons of meat. Form a ball in the palm of your hand, then lengthen it so that something like a roll is formed. Poke a skewer stick and correct the shape (you can slightly moisten your hands with water).
You can fry the kofta on a grill pan, bake it in the oven or fry it on the grill. I baked them for 15-20 minutes at 185 degrees (in my case, first the top down and then the grill function).
While baking, I recommend flipping them to the other side so that they are evenly baked (best to bake for 10 minutes on each side). Enjoy!