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Turkey Kofta with Tahini Sauce


From EatingWell:  July/August 2013

Kofta is the common term for the combination of ground meat, onions and spices shaped into balls and cooked. In this turkey kofta kebab recipe, ground turkey and minced onion are mixed with cumin and allspice to make a delicious grilled dinner. Look for tahini, a sesame paste, with Middle Eastern ingredients or in the natural-foods section of the supermarket.

4 servings, 2 kofta & 2 Tbsp. sauce each | Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes



  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine turkey, onion, breadcrumbs, 4 tablespoons cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, allspice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cayenne in a large bowl; gently knead together. Do not overmix. With damp hands, form the mixture into two ovals on each skewer; use about 1/3 cup for each and place at least 1 inch apart.
  3. Oil the grill rack (see Tips). Grill the kebabs until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, about 4 minutes per side.
  4. Combine yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, the remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Serve the kebabs with the sauce.


Per serving : 255 Calories; 12 g Fat; 3 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 66 mg Cholesterol; 13 g Carbohydrates; 26 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 474 mg Sodium; 390 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 3 medium-fat meat, 1 fat

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