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Izmir Köfte Ingredients

  • 400g minced beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 chilli peppers (or chilli flakes instead)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp diced fresh parsley
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes, around 400ml
  • 5 tbsp breadcrrumbs (optional)
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g potatoes

Izmir köfte are almost as popular as kebabs in Turkey. Sometimes know as kofta meatballs Turkish meatballs. Preparation is relatively easy and should take no longer than 1 hour (including baking time). As you will see Izmir köfte meatballs are just a meatballs in tomatoes sauce, served with potatoes.

Izmir Köfte Preparation

There are many preparation methods when it’s up to potatoes, some people tend to prepare wedges separately, some cook it in tomato sauce alongside meatballs. In this Izmir köfte meatballs recipe we’re going to focus on the easiest method, most lazy if you prefer to call it like that.

While we’re going to be working on the dish it’s good time to turn on the oven , set it to around 180°C / 350°F or Gas Mark 4.

Meat Content

Mix together minced beef, breadcrumbs (optional), an egg alongside with parsley, ground cumin salt and black pepper. Mix it together thoroughly and form medium size meatballs. Shape doesn’t matter here, often Izmir köftas come in oval shapes, like kebabs. It’s up to you.

Quick tip: Use bowl of water to damp your hands so their not so sticky. Also you may cool down the meat in the fridge a little bit before forming the meatballs.

Potatoes Part

If you wish to serve it with potatoes get them ready: peel, slice into 0.5 pieces (unless you prefer to make wedges separately that is). Then add peeled and sliced carrots, similar thickness followed by washed and sliced pepper. Remove seeds of course. Lay down vegetables in the tall ceramic baking tray, place the köfte Turkish meatballs on top.

The Sauce

Now time for the sauce. Pretty basic, mix chopped tomatoes adding around 200ml of water, adding some salt and pepper to taste.

Baking Izmir Köfte

Pour in the sauce to the baking tray. Bake for around 45 minutes.

The Izmir Köfte dish is ready when potatoes are relatively soft and meatballs cooked. You can serve them with pita bread or some garnish salad.

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