Kafta (Lebanese Beef Kebabs)

adapted from Saveur, May 2011

Still refining recipe to keep its shape

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. ground beef chuck
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. Aleppo pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 3/4 tsp. dried mint
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, grated, drained in a strainer
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Build a hot charcoal fire in a grill. In a large bowl, stir together beef, parsley, tomatoes, Aleppo, allspice, mint, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, onions, salt, and pepper. Form 1 tbsp. beef mixture each around the end of 22 skewers; grill, turning, until lightly charred, about 4 minutes.

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