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Persian Turkey Kofta
with flatbread salad / herb yogurt dressing

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A Persian-inspired combination of spices give these meatballs a truly unique flavor. Add a fresh and crispy salad and creamy yogurt sauce for a meal with many layers.
Smarts: Keep in mind that the larger / thicker the kofta the longer they will take to cook. Though traditionally rolled into long ovals so that they can be cooked over a grill, these will work great if just rolled into meatballs. Use any shape you prefer.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Persian Turkey Kofta:
  • Onions, medium - 1/4, finely chopped
  • Salt - 3/4 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Ground turkey - 1 lb (look for dark meat ground turkey for the most flavor)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/4 cup (sub water)
Flatbread Salad:
  • Pistachios, shelled - 1/2 cup
  • Pomegranate seeds - 1/2 cup (look for these removed from the pomegranate shells in the produce section)
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, chopped
  • Mixed greens - 5 oz
  • Cheese, feta - 4 oz, crumbled
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp, more if needed
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp, more if needed
  • Persian flatbread - 6 oz, broken into small pieces (sub pita chips)
Herb Yogurt Dressing:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Parsley - 2 tsp, chopped
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1 cup
  • Vinegar, white wine - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp

Nutrition Facts

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Onions / Pistachios (if not already shelled) / Pomegranate seeds (if not already shelled) / Garlic / Parsley - Prep as directed. Store onions, pistachios, and pomegranate seeds in their own separate containers. Combine garlic and parsley in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make dressing - Whisk together garlic, parsley, yogurt, vinegar, and honey. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make kofta - Combine onions, salt, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper, and ground turkey in a mixing bowl and mix gently until even. Form into meatballs - you can make these into long skinny meatballs as in the photos or into regular round meatballs. Estimate about 4 meatballs / serving. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Cucumbers - Chop cucumbers.

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Make

  1. Heat a large skillet with cooking oil over medium heat. Add kofta and sear on all sides until deep golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add stock and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook, covered, until kofta are cooked all the way through, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  2. While kofta cooks, combine pistachios, pomegranate seeds, cucumbers, mixed greens, and feta in a large bowl.
  3. Just before serving, toss salad with olive oil and lemon juice, adding more as needed to lightly coat all ingredients. Gently fold in flatbread (or pita chips), breaking it apart into bite-sized pieces as you go. Season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Give dressing a good stir.
  5. Serve kofta with salad on the side and dressing over everything. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (43)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (3)

Most Helpful

We LOVED this meal! It was quick to put together and delicious. Even the kids ate it all up. We skipped the pomegranate seeds because my husband can never find them, but we didn't feel like we were missing them. I'm going to add this to the rotation. It's a great meal for the spring and summer. We also thought it would be really good in a warm pita with the meatballs, salad and dressing!

By: Rebecca
Posted: Mar 15, 2021
Diet: Original
2 Helpful

35 reviews

Subbed Impossible meat for the turkey. Loved the flavors!

By: Angela
Posted: May 20, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Salad was fantastic - I didn't even put the dressing on it, just used the olive oil and lemon juice. The meatballs fell apart when we were cooking them - maybe I made them too small? We meal prep on the weekend, so this was breeze to put together. Otherwise it would have been tough.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Apr 21, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The turkey kofta were tasty, but I think they'd have been better if they were lamb or beef. The salad, however, was a definite keeper!

By: Harley
Posted: Apr 08, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was a simple meal that was a hit with the whole family.

By: Catherine
Posted: Apr 07, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Really loved this. Subbed ground lamb and added smoked paprika and parsley to the spice mix. Can't get pomegranates this time of year so I subbed dried cranberries and used sunflower seeds and pita chips in the salad.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Apr 02, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Turkey balls were yummy. COuldnt make the salad cause my greens went bad :( Would make again!

By: Taylor
Posted: Mar 31, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful