Grilled Kofta Skewers with Mint Sauce
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
Like a Mediterranean-spiced meatball, these grilled delights are made with lamb and beef and can easily be tucked into pita or served over a bed of greens.
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grilling
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pita Bread, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion; mint sprigs and minty aioli (recipe below)
Mint Aioli
  • 1 egg
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 cup plus ¼ cup light olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a dry saucepan over medium-low heat, gently toast cumin seeds until just golden-brown and fragrant. Pour seeds into a spice mill or grinder (I use a re-purposed old coffee grinder) and pulse 3-4 times until just coarsely ground.
  2. Mix together onion, parsley, oil, cumin seeds, cinnamon, salt and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Pour half of the mixture into another empty medium-sized bowl. Add ground lamb to one bowl and ground beef to the other. Mix contents of each bowl gently, being careful not to overmix (I gently fold the mixture together with my hands).
  3. Form 2.5 inch ovals of ground beef and ground lamb and place on a baking sheet brushed with oil. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least two hours and up to 12.
  4. Heat grill for direct heat (for a gas grill, heat to 350-400 degrees). Put each meatball on a skewer, packing them fairly tightly to help them stick together. Brush grill grid/grates with oil.
  5. Grill kebabs, turning as needed until cooked through and a thermometer inserted in middles (avoiding skewers) registers 140 degrees (for medium-rare), 6 to 8 minutes.
  6. Serve with pitas and accompaniments.
Mint Aioli
  1. In a small food processor bowl, add egg, lemon juice and ¼ cup olive oil. Cover food processor bowl with lid and mix thoroughly, approximately 30 seconds.
  2. With the food processor running, add the remaining 1 cup of olive oil in a steady stream so that it emulsifies (i.e., turns white and thick like mayo). Add mint, salt and pepper and pulse a few more times to incorporate.
  3. Serve immediately or store in an airtight plastic container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at