Greek Beef Koftas with Tzatziki

Greek Beef Kaftas with Tzatziki

Greek Beef Kaftas with Tzatziki

Our family is on a break in beautiful and hot Penticton BC where the temperature has been in the mid to high 30s.  None of us want to be indoors so our evening meals have been centered around the picnic table and BBQ. The beautiful blue colors of Skaha Lake inspired me to go with something Greek for today, and the family choice was for koftas served in pita bread. Most koftas are lamb based, however our girls aren’t big fans of lamb, so we made some koftas with beef. Whether you go with beef or lamb, each pair nicely with the fresh mint, coriander and other spices.

Greek Beef Koftas with Tzatziki
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2+

Ingredients
For the koftas
  • ½ pound lean ground beef (lamb is also a great choice. Costco is also carrying organic lean ground beef now)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup onion, shredded
  • ½ green bell pepper, shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Kirkland Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground Kirkland Tellicherry pepper
For the tzatziki
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and shredded
  • 2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped
  • Kirkland Himalayan pink salt
  • fresh ground Kirkland Tellicherry pepper
For toppings
  • cucumber, halved and sliced
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • pita bread

Instructions
Prepare the koftas
  1. In a large bowl mix the ground beef with all of the other kofta ingredients and then shape into koftas.
  2. Gently place a skewer through the middle of each kofta, or alternatively simply leave as is for grilling. I’ve found keeping the meat on the skewer can be challenging. Egg would help hold things together but would alter the flavor.
Prepare the tzatziki
  1. Sprinkle the shredded cucumber with salt and after a few minutes, squeeze all of the cucumber juice out.
  2. Add to the cucumber the yoghurt, garlic, fresh mint and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill the koftas on your BBQ over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until the beef is thoroughly cooked.
  4. Serve the koftas in the pita bread with the tzatziki, chopped tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber.

 

Greek Beef Kaftas with Tzatziki

Greek Beef Kaftas with Tzatziki