Welcome back to our weekly Savvy Saving Sunday cooking series!
This week we’re making a long standing classic Middle Eastern recipe! These beef koftas are made with ground beef (can substitute with lamb) and extremely simple spices. You can eat your koftas as a wrap (as we’ve done here) or pair with a side salad and veggies for a complete meal. One of our employees makes this dish at least once a week because of its simplicity and tastiness!
Today’s beef kofta wraps come out to $2.88 per serving with tax!
|1 1/2 pounds/700 grams ground beef||$ 4.49|
|Fresh Parsley (1 cup, chopped finely)||$ 0.58|
|Red or White Onion (1 large, reserve 1/4 for wrap)||$ 0.62|
|Mission white tortilla wraps (4-8 count)||$ 1.82|
|Green yogurt (4 tablespoons)||$ 1.24|
|Garlic (4-5 cloves)||$ 0.45|
|Iceberg lettuce (1 cup, shredded)||$ 0.69|
|French fries (1 cup, optional)||$0.74|
|Total Cost w/ Tax (may vary depending on your location)||$ 11.50|
Now let’s start cooking!
Total Time: 60 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes with roasted garlic
Lay out your beef kofta ingredients: ground beef, onion, salt, pepper and nutmeg (optional).
Prepare Roasted Garlic and French Fries (if using)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and add 4-5 garlic cloves to baking sheet. Continue to cook for 45 minutes to an hour in oven until nicely roasted.
Prepare 1 cup of baked frozen french fries according to directions if using (these are not necessary!) Add to oven before preparing koftas.
The fastest way to make koftas is by using a food processor. If you have a food processor, simply combine 3/4 large onion (chopped), 1.5 pounds of ground beef, 1 cup parsley (finely chopped), heaping tablespoon of salt and pepper, pinch of nutmeg (optional) in the food processor bowl. Process until finely mixed together.
If you are not using a food processor, continue the recipe as follows:
Grate 3/4 large onion and put into bowl.
Finely chop 1 cup of parsley and add to bowl.
Add ground beef to bowl, along with a heaping tablespoon of both salt and pepper. You can add a pinch of nutmeg if you have it already in your pantry.
Mix all ingredients.
Now it’s time to form your koftas. The kofta shape looks similar to a long, squished meatball. Take a pinch of beef mixture and form in your hand to the shape shown here:
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add one kofta and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Taste for seasoning. If you find it needs more salt or pepper – add more to the bowl mixture now.
Add the rest of the koftas to the pan and continue to cook all koftas on one side for 2 minutes. Flip and repeat.
TIP: Add lid to the pan and continue to cook for 1 minute longer – this makes them extra juicy!
Set koftas aside and continue to make greek yogurt and wraps.
Greek Yogurt Sauce
Combine greek yogurt, chopped roasted garlic cloves, salt, pepper and paprika (optional) in bowl.
Put pan back onto heat and lightly ‘fry’ each wrap for 15-30 seconds on each side.
Cut 1/4 leftover onion into thin slices.
Finely chop iceberg lettuce.
Prepare wrap with 1-2 koftas each, thinly sliced onions, lettuce, yogurt mixture and french fries (if using). Wrap and enjoy!
Note: Get creative with spices! We’ve added sumac as a spice on top of the wrap here but you could also add cumin, paprika or dried parsley if you have it!
Cook & Share!
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Happy cooking and enjoy your Sunday!