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Lamb Kofta

I always thought they were complicated to make but then I saw Gordon Ramsey making it on his Ultimate Home Cooking show and he made it look so darn easy.  Like WAY easy.  So I gave it a go.  And you know what, it WAS that easy.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, lamb, meat, mint, nut-free, soy-free
Servings: 4
Author: ness

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

  • Food Processor

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chilli flakes (optional)
  • 500 grams ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pinch of pepper
  • Sesame seeds and sumac for garnish (optional)
  • Canola or vegetable oil

Hummus 'Sauce'

  • 1/4 cup store-bought hummus
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add onion, garlic, mint, parsley and chilli flakes to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add lamb to a large mixing bowl and add onion mixture, cumin, allspice, salt and pepper. Gently mix with a wooden spoon or by hand until combined.
  • Form meat into small golfball sized balls and flatten slightly into hockey puck shape. Place on an oiled plate or platter and brush a teaspoon of oil across the tops of the kofta. Place in fridge for 10 minutes or more to allow the lamb to firm up which helps hold it's shape during grilling.
  • Prepare hummus sauce. Combine hummus and lemon juice in a small bowl and stir until consistency is a bit runny - add more lemon juice if needed. Set aside.
  • Heat a large heavy bottomed frying pan or skillet on medium-high heat. Add a teaspoon of oil to the pan. Place the kofta onto the grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, turning half way to brown both sides. Remove from heat and garnish with sesame seeds and sumac. Serve with fresh lemons wedges and hummus sauce.
Recipe adapted from Gordon Ramsey.