Beef Kofta With Tahini Sauce
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Serves: 4
For the kofta:
  • 1½ lb (750 g) lean ground beef, lamb or chicken
  • ½ cup (125 mL) minced onion
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup (125 mL) unseasoned dry breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper [I used 1 tsp sea salt and a few grinds of pepper]
For the tahini sauce
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) tahini paste
  • ½ cup (125 mL) diced seeded tomatoes
  • ½ cup (125 mL) diced English cucumber (unpeeled) (optional)
Naan bread or soft roll (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Soak eight 6-inch wooden skewers in water or set aside 8 metal skewers (optional). Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with vegetable oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, cinnamon, eggs, breadcrumbs, mint, cilantro, and salt and pepper (use your hands to make sure all of the ingredients are evenly distributed).
  3. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and form into oval shapes. If using skewers, slide 1 portion lengthwise onto each skewer.
  4. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sear the koftas on each side for 2 minutes, until browned all over.
  5. Transfer the browned kofta to a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or just until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Make the tahini sauce: Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, sesame oil, soy sauce and tahini paste. (If too thick, add a little water to reach the desired consistency.)
  7. Make the garnish: In a bowl, combine the tomatoes and cucumber.
  8. Serve koftas with the tahini sauce and garnish. If using naan bread, grill for 2 minutes per side, until lightly toasted, then cut into triangles and serve alongside koftas.
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