Misket Kofte Recipe
Misket kofte is a kind of meatballs which takes the name misket (means marbles) from its small size. It is no different from standard meatballs in terms of ingredients and preparation method. My guess is that it is usually seasoned with canned vegetables as their size is appropriate. Now, when I talk about it like that, I think it's like I'm despising misket kofte and showing it as a featureless meatball, but that's never my goal.
In fact, I'm trying to do the opposite. Although misket kofte is not a meatball with any different features or supported by very different and very tasty ingredients, it is a very, very tasty meatball. In recent days, Vedat Milor, the best known gastronomy writer of Turkey complaining about the increasing dishonest food service, wrote "One day, those who make a meal in the simplest way it should be, but in the most delicious way very well will be the innovative cooks." While I look forward to those days, I also think that those who pour melted cheddar on every dish today will market themselves as if they have always supported this trend when those days come, and those who have never given up on simplicity will remain in the background again.
When that day comes, the most popular meatballs may be traditional meatballs along with misket kofte. Although it has a different name, it is essentially the same as traditional meatballs prepared in the size of marbles and served with potatoes, carrots and peas.
Making Garnish at Home
While I'm talking about the vegetables, let me not pass without mentioning it. You can use store bought canned vegetables (which is okay, it is one of the cleanest canned food), or you can prepare it yourself at home. For this, it will be enough to boil and drain fresh raw peas, diced carrots and potatoes. You can add potatoes a little later than the others, as they will cook a little quicker than peas and carrots.
To give the meatballs a little more flavor, I sauté them in butter with paprika. If you wish, you can also use olive oil for this process, but I recommend that you do not skip paprika. If you want, you can add different spices at this stage.
Enjoy the recipe...
- 500 g medium-fat ground beef,
- 1 onion,
- 1 egg,
- 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs,
- 1 handful of chopped parsley,
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper,
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin,
- Sunflower oil,
- 1 tablespoon of butter,
- 1 teaspoon of paprika,
- 1 cup of canned vegetables.
- Grate the onion,
- In a deep bowl, combine ground beef, grated onion, egg, bread crumbs, parsley, black pepper, cumin and salt and knead well,
- Make marble-sized meatballs from the mixture,
- In a wide pan, heat 2-3 tbsps sunflower oil, add the meatballs and cook, stirring constantly, until they are evenly browned on all sides, drain from the oil,
- Heat the butter in a separate pan, add paprika and mix,
- Add the meatballs and canned vegetables, sauté for a few minutes and remove from the heat.