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Qofte (Albanian Meatballs with Feta Cheese)

Qofte are meatballs from Albania usually made with beef, chicken, or lamb. Usually they are fried, but I chose to bake my batch in the oven. This recipe features a unique blend of mint and paprika. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: albanian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef, (or lamb, or chicken)
  • 1 3/4 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp chopped feta cheese
  • 1/2 white onion, grated
  • salt
  • 1/2 tbsp crushed, dried mint leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp ground paprika

If frying

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • oil for deep frying

Yogurt Dipping Sauce (Optional)

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2-3/4 tbsp chopped garlic, depending on preference

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Form into 12 meatballs in an oval shape. 
  • Place on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes in the oven. 
  • Serve with yogurt sauce if desired. 

If frying:

  • Roll meatballs in flour to coat. Fry in oil heated to 350 degrees. Drain on paper towel. 

Notes

Recipe Copyright Alexandria Drzazgowski, The Foreign Fork. For personal or educational use only.
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