A meatball by any other name is still the same—and every bit as delicious. This Mediterranean-spiced beef kofta variation goes great with hummus, rice and tzatziki sauce.
Combine ground beef, onion, oil, salt, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice and mint leaves in a large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
Kofta is a meatball or meatloaf consisting of minced or ground meat mixed with spices and/or onions.
Beef mixture can be prepared in a food processor. Add onion to food processor and pulse until onion is minced. Add beef, oil, salt and spices.; blend until well mixed and mixture forms a ball.
Shape quarter of beef mixture around 8-inch bamboo skewers leaving approximately 1 to 2 inches at bottom of skewer. Make small indentations in beef mixture with fingers approximately 1 inch apart along the kofta. Repeat with remaining beef mixture and 3 skewers.
Refrigerate beef at least 10 minutes.
Place koftas in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 12 to 14 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into thickest part of koftas registers 160°F, turning occasionally.
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Nutrition information per 3-oz serving: 216 Calories; 12g Total Fat; 4g Saturated Fat; 6g Monounsaturated Fat; 84mg Cholesterol; 264mg Sodium; 2g Total carbohydrate; 26g Protein; 3mg Iron; 6.2mg Niacin; 0.4mg Vitamin B6; 71.3mg Choline; 2.8mcg Vitamin B12; 6.4mg Zinc; 21mcg Selenium; 0.6g Fiber.