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KotW: Kip’s Koftas September 10, 2008

Posted by schizodigestive in Kip of the Week, red meat, Thai.
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As you’ll realize from the parade of chicken and vegetable recipes in here, I don’t cook red meat that often. When I do, it’s an occasion, and I put a little extra work into it. So it is that hamburger — whose attraction used to be that you only needed to shape it and put it near some heat — works its way into dishes with several ingredients and a slightly fancy presentation. These koftas have a venerable Middle Eastern attitude toward ground beef, but with a bit of Thai spin in the details.

Piece of fresh ginger the size of your thumb, peeled
4 cloves garlic, peeled
2 medium onions, chopped
2-3 tablespoons yellow curry powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
1/4 cup prepared red curry sauce (I use Trader Joe’s)
[or:
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon sugar
pinch salt ]

In a food processor, grind the ginger and garlic as fine as possible. Add the onions, curry powder, allspice and nutmeg, and pulse-chop until minced but not mushy.

Preheat broiler. By hand, combine the onion mixture, ground beef, egg, and curry sauce. Shape into eight thin patties and broil five to six minutes each side. Serve with rice and with more curry sauce if desired. Serves four as a main meat course or eight as an appetizer.

© /KC September 2008

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