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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


  • 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


  • 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.
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