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Bulgur Kofte with Spicy Harissa Tomato Sauce

Bulgur Kofte with Spicy Harissa Tomato Sauce


1 pound ground beef (used mixed pork, beef & veal)
1/2 cup fine bulgur
1 big or 2 medium onions, chopped
1 green pepper, preferably a spicy one, chopped (used Serrano chile)
1 teaspoon crushed spicy red pepper flakes
1-1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 cup mint, finely chopped or 1 1/2 tbsp dry mint flakes or dry basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and ground pepper

IMG_9028IMG_9033Place bulgur in a bowl. Pour hot water on top to barely cover it. Let stand for 15 minutes to soak (I soak it longer about 25 mins.)

Add the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Take pieces little bigger than walnuts and shape into oval patties.

Either grill until both sides are crispy or cook them in a lightly oiled pan on both sides~ I baked it in 350F for 10-15 minutes.

Spicy Harissa Tomato Sauce:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove , finely minced
1 cup crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons dry rub harissa
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons almond slivers, toasted

IMG_6559 IMG_6562Saute garlic for a couple of minutes then add crushed tomatoes, harissa, and sugar. Let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

Serve with Kofte and garnish with slivered almonds.

IMG_9055 IMG_9052*The first time I tried Kofte, I bought it from a Bulgarian Deli in Toronto. They make their own homemade kofte, I loved it. Since then  I have been trying different recipes to replicate it. I found this recipe, it even taste better with the bulgur. I made a sauce to go with it and it was perfect. enJOY!!!

Source: Almost Turkish