Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Kofta Kabobs with Yellow Cherry Rice and Quinoa Salad

We were feeling in a Mediterranean mood, so we thought we would try to make some kofta kabobs. We were surprised at how easy they were to make and how yummy they were. We decided to pair them with some yellow rice with cherries and a quinoa salad. We didn't have the ingredients for a good sauce, and the tahini sauce was okay, but not the best to go with it. the yogurt/cucumber/dill sauce would be a better pairing for the kofta kabobs. This is definitely a recipe we will make again soon. We only had ground beef this time, but a lamb and beef mixture would make this dish even better.

Here's the original kabob recipe: http://www.themediterraneandish.com/kofta-kebab-recipe/
Here's the original rice recipe: http://www.onceuponachef.com/2012/10/basmati-rice-pilaf-with-dried-fruits-and-almonds.html

Kofta kabobs with rice and quinoa

Ingredients:

Kofta Kabobs:
1 medium yellow onion, quartered
2 garlic cloves
1 whole bunch parsley, stems removed (about 2 packed cups parsley leaves)
1.5 lb ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper
1½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp ground green cardamom
½ tsp ground sumac
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp paprika

Rice:
1-1/2 cups basmati rice
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onions, from one small onion
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-1/4 cups water
1-1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup dried fruit - cherries

Directions:

Kabobs:
1. Soak 10 wooden skewers in water for an hour.
2. Preheat grill
3. Add onion, garlic and parsley to a food processor and chop.
4. Add the beef, bread crumbs, and the spices. Run food processor until a smooth mixture is formed
5. Remove the meat mixture from the food processor and place in a large bowl.
6. Divide meat mixture evenly amongst the wooden skewers, making a "sausage" on each one.
7. Place the kofta kebabs on the lightly oiled, heated gas grill. Grill on medium-high heat for 4 minutes on one side, turn over and grill for another 3-4 minutes.

Rice:
1. Rinse rice until water runs clear.
2. Melt butter in a medium pot.
3. Add onions and cook until softened.
4. Add cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and garlic. Stir.
5. Add rice and cook for a few minutes
6. Add water, salt, pepper and heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until liquid is gone 15-18 minutes. After about 10 minutes in, add in the cherries.

What we liked:

Soo easy and delicious! Better than restaurant kofta kabobs. 

What we didn't like:

The tahini sauce was meh, we should make a tzatziki sauce for it that would go better with. Also, a couscous side dish would be good. 

What Kaspian thought about it:

He actually really liked the rice, minus the cherries. 

Next time: