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Kefta

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  35 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 35 Minutes
  4 servings, about 3 kefta each
Kefta, seasoned ground meat, is one of Morocco’s most popular street foods. Traditionally, kefta is washed down with a glass of sweet mint tea. It’s delicious served with ratatouille.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
8 ounces  ground beef, 90%-lean or leaner
8 ounces  ground lamb
1/3 cup  lemon juice
1   small onion, quartered
2 cloves  garlic, peeled
8   pitted green olives
2 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup  chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon  ground cumin, plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1/2 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper
harissa (see Ingredient Note) for serving

Ingredient Note:  Harissa is a fiery Tunisian chile paste commonly used in North African cooking. Harissa in a tube will be much hotter than that in a jar. You can substitute Chinese or Thai chile-garlic sauce for it.
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DIRECTIONS
Place beef, lamb and lemon juice in a large bowl. Gently combine until incorporated. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.


Transfer the meat to a colander and press to squeeze out excess moisture. Place onion, garlic and olives in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add to the marinated meat along with oil, cilantro, parsley, 1 tablespoon cumin, salt and pepper. Gently combine until evenly incorporated.


Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on it.


Using about 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture for each, form 12 thin patties, about 2 1/2 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. Place on the wire rack.


Broil the patties until brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with additional cumin and harissa, if desired.


Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2009
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings, about 3 kefta each
Calories: 354
Fat. Total: 25g
Protein: 26g
Carbohydrates, Total: 6g
Fat, Saturated: 7g
Fiber: 1g
Cholesterol: 90mg
Sodium: 607mg
% Cal. from Fat: 64%
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