Trip around the World – Kofte


Well our goal a few weeks ago was to pick 6 countries and make a popular or national dish from each country for dinner [Sunday’s we go to hubby’s parents for dinner]. I’ve decided to focus this post on my favourite recipe from Turkey!

The idea was to explore new dishes, spices, tastes, and see if we discover something new and amazing, sort of like a hidden treasure. WELL, that’s exactly what happened!


Our six countries and the dishes we decided on were:

  • Turkey – Köfte
  • New Zealand – Bacon and Egg Pie
  • Thailand – Yam Nua
  • South Africa- Chakalaka with BBQ’d fish
  • Mexico – tacos and margaritas
  • Egypt –fattoush salad and falafels

Well, let’s just say that 6 for 6 for great recipes didn’t quite happen.

Turkey was AMAZING. I’ll share the recipe below. New favourite!

South Africa was also AMAZING, but it was more of a side dish; I’ll still share the recipe below.


Thailand, well…we tried to make Yam Nua, which was a spicy beef salad…but the dressing? No thanks, we definitely went wrong somewhere.

New Zealand, I FORGOT TO GET A RECTANGLE PIE TIN. I’m really sad about this actually. I do plan on getting the appropriate pie tin and making this recipe, because it looked AMAZING. Check it here!

Mexico we took a safe bet and made tacos and margaritas! [Okay, I know that wasn’t the point of this adventure, to eat food we always do….but can you blame me? IT WAS TACOS].


Lastly Egypt: Falafel and Fattoush Salad
Turns out this is one recipe you can’t get away with without a food processor. Oh well, so we went out for Lebanese falafel wraps instead (close hahah). Maybe it’s time to bite the bullet and get a food processor. Any tips or suggestions?

So the Chakalaka recipe we made was here

The Köfte recipes were adapted from here and here [check the end of the blog post for full recipe we made].

I WILL definitely be making köfte again and again. Also, I’m sure you can substitute the lamb for beef….I’m not going to, because it blew my mind, but I’m sure you could 🙂


I hope this inspires you to make your own adventure. I think we’ll definitely play this game again, but after the holidays. For now I need to get on my Christmas baking. 🙂





  • 1 lb ground lamb [or beef]
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground sumac
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Yogurt Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Heaping 1/3 cup of greek yogurt


  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Sliced romaine
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Fresh chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Warm pitas
  • Sliced dill pickle


  1. Combine all meatball ingredients and form into skinny logs so it works better in your pita. Cook in skillet or frying pan with some oil until fully cooked.
  2. Combine all ingredients for yogurt dressing and for salad with its own dressing (lemon and oil).
  3. To assemble: warm pita through in oven or microwave. Add some yogurt dressing to the pita, add the salad, sliced pickles, and cooked meatballs. Close as best you can and eat!

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