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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. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine albanian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 meatballs
Calories 144kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef (or lamb, or chicken)
  • 1 ¾ tbsp bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp chopped feta cheese
  • ½ white onion grated
  • salt
  • ½ tbsp crushed, dried mint leaves
  • ½ tbsp ground paprika

If frying

  • ½ cup flour
  • oil for deep frying

Yogurt Dipping Sauce (Optional)

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½-3/4 tbsp chopped garlic, depending on preference


  • 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. 


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


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg