with broiled zucchini / mint yogurt sauce
Kofta are meatballs, often grilled on skewers in many parts of the world. To keep things simple, we saute them in a pan and serve them with a creamy, tangy yogurt sauce. Zucchini on the side gets a crisp coating from almond meal breading and a quick run under the broiler.
- Green onions - 1 stalk , green and white parts chopped and combined
- Turkey, ground and lean (sub any ground meat) - 1 1/4 lb
- Eggs - 1
- Italian seasonings - 1/2 tsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
- Pine nuts (sub chopped walnuts) - 1/4 cup
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
Mint Yogurt Sauce:
- Mint, fresh - 10 leaves , finely chopped
- Lemons - 1/2 , zest of
- Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1 cup
- Honey - 1 tsp
- Cumin, ground - 1/8 tsp
- Dill, dried - 1/4 tsp
Broiled Zucchini Spears:
- Zucchini (buy the smallest you can find) - 1 lb , quartered lengthwise into spears
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
- Honey - 2 tsp
- Almond meal - 1/4 cup
- Make yogurt sauce - If prepping right before cooking, turn oven on before continuing with prep. Chop mint and zest lemons. Combine with yogurt, honey, cumin and dill. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
- Kofta - Chop green onions. Combine turkey, green and white parts of onions, egg, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Use your hands or a large spoon to all of the ingredients together just until evenly mixed. Form into 1” / 2.5 cm wide meatballs. (Can be done 1 day ahead).
- Zucchini spears - Slice in quarters lengthwise. (Note: adjust if using large zucchini. The spears should be small, about 1" / 2.5cm across.)
- Heat oven to 375F / 191C degrees. Spray a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl whisk together olive oil and honey. Add zucchini and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Add almond meal and toss again until zucchini is evenly covered. (Not all of the almond meal will stick, so gently pat as much on the sides of the zucchini as possible.) Place zucchini, peel side down on sheet pan and bake until tender, ~15 minutes.
- While zucchini bakes, heat a saute pan over medium heat. To the dry pan, add pine nuts (or pecan / walnut pieces) and toast just until golden brown on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer pine nuts to a bowl and return skillet to heat.
- To hot pan, add cooking oil and then kofta. Sear on all sides until golden brown, ~6 minutes total.
- Lower heat to medium, and add stock. Cover pan with lid or foil and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, until meatballs are done.
- When zucchini is tender, briefly turn on the oven’s broiler to get the tops brown and crisp,1 to 2 minutes.
- Spoon yogurt sauce onto serving plates and top with kofta and toasted nuts. Serve with zucchini on the side and enjoy!