Turkey Kofte Recipe

Turkey Kofte – Armenian Kofta – Քյուֆտա

Turkey Kofte – Քյուֆտա

From Armenian cuisine for the upcoming “Holiday Dishes Menu” : turkey kofte or kololak as we call it in Armenian.

The original dish is made with top round beef meat or chicken breast. I decided to slightly update and make it a bit more lighter, flavorful and quite smaller in size. Originally this kind of kofte / kololak is made pretty large , sliced into circles and served with melted or clarified butter. As for the side dish, kofte was served with delicious pudding that’s made of cooked spelt wheat and caramelized onions and mushrooms.

Turkey Kofte Recipe

I hope many would try this version of turkey kofte and enjoy a gourmet dish on special or just any day:)

Turkey Kofte Recipe


Turkey Kofte Recipe

For the kofte / kololak

1 1/2 lbs (600 grams) ground turkey breast

1 egg

1 + cup of cold water

1/3 cup of vodka

1 tbs all purpose flour

1 small onion ,finely chopped or grated

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp red chili flakes ( cayenne can be added for spiciness, optional)

Salt to taste

You will also need a large pot with boiling water, salted to taste and a few bay leaves added

A large ice cream scoop or deep ladle for spooning the meat

A bowl with ice water for dipping the spoon before spooning

Turkey Kofte Recipe

For the side dish (spelt wheat pudding)

1 cup of spelt wheat, washed strained

2 cups of boiling water

Salt to taste

1 medium onion, sliced

350 grams ( 1 pack ) crimini or any kind of mushrooms,sliced

70 grams butter

1 tbs olive oil

Salt & ground black pepper to taste

Turkey Kofte Recipe


Turkey Kofte Recipe

To make the kofte

In a food processor combine: ground turkey, egg ,spices and a half cup of water, you will need to add extra water according to the meat consistency, it has to turn shiny, silky and very smooth

Turn on the processor and allow it to mix at least 5-7 minutes

Stop, scrape and check the consistency of the mixture and add more water if needed

As the mixture reaches the right consistency, add the vodka, flour and mix 2-3 minutes

To the ready mixture add shredded or finely chopped onions and mix to incorporate

Place in the fridge for 25-30 minutes to set

Prep the water : bring it to a boil add salt and a few bay leaves for flavor

Get the ice water ready as well

Use a large ice cream scoop or deep ladle to spoon the meat into boiling water, remember to dip the scoop or ladle into ice water before scooping the mixture ,that way it’ll come off the spoon easier

Cook 20-25 minutes ( if made with large ladle , cook longer 40-45 minutes)

Turkey Kofte Recipe

To make the pudding

Wash and drain the grains

Pour into boiling water, add salt to taste

Cook until the water simmers

In a fry pan melt the butter with oil

Add sliced onions, then mushrooms

Sauté until golden color

Add salt and black pepper to taste

Mix sautéed mixture to cooked spelt wheat and gently mix to incorporate

Serve hot with sliced kofte, drizzled with melted or clarified butter

Turkey Kofte Recipe

Posted in Armenian Cuisine, Dinner Dishes.



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