How to prepare Kafta (ground meat Kebabs) one the most Lebanese popular food?

Makes 6-7 Kebabs

• 1lb (450g) ground lamb or beef or a mixture of both (use meat that is about 85% lean at the most).
• ½ cup finely chopped parsley
• ½ cup finely diced onion
• 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
• 2 tsp ground Cumin
• Salt and pepper to taste

Soak 6 or 7 bamboo skewers in water for about 30 minutes (or use the metal ones).
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using your hands until everything is well incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
To make the Kefta Kebabs, form a short 2 inch piece of the meat mixture into a fat sausage shape. Pass a skewer through the small sausage lengthwise. Now start rotating the skewer with one hand while cupping the meat with the other and pressing it to create an elongated kefta sausage on the skewer. Rotating the skewer helps you distribute the meat evenly which reduces the chance of it falling off.

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Kefta ready for the grill

Grill the skewers till the desired doneness.
Serve with pita bread, onions tossed with sumac, Hummus, rice, and turnip pickles.


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