This is a sponsored post by Chefs Plate.
Since the pandemic began, I have spent more time in the kitchen. I love cooking, but usually don’t have time to experiment with recipes. As a result, I often cook the same recipes over and over. Enter Chefs Plate! Chefs Plate delivers fresh ingredients right to your door so that you can prepare simple recipes in 30 minutes! You can choose from 19 different recipes each week – and they feature a wide variety of cuisines including Vegetarian, Thai, Indian, Greek, SoCal, Southwestern and others.
Although I did not receive a Chefs Plate box, I looked through their online menu and decided to recreate Chefs Plate Turkish Beef Kofta. I have had beef kofta at a media event and really enjoyed it. Also, I am intrigued by the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, but have little experience cooking Turkish-influenced meals so this recipe really appealed to me. I just copied down the ingredients for the Turkish Beef Kofta on their website and headed to my local grocery store to purchase them.
These juicy little morsels pack a punch of flavour due to the addition of Middle Eastern Spice Blend. I didn’t know what this spice blend was before making this recipe, but I found out that it is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, allspice, cumin, cardamom, paprika, and black peppercorn – all of my favourites!
I didn’t realize how simple bulgur is to prepare. You just immerse it in boiling water and then let it sit until the bulgur absorbs the water – super easy and unlike rice, you won’t burn it!
If you love grilled veggies, you will really enjoy the grilled pepper and onion in this recipe. All of the flavours from the beef kofta to the bulgur salad to the grilled veggies come together in a beautiful symphony of flavours.
Let me know in the comment section if you make Chefs Plate Turkish Beef Kofta. And if you are struggling to come up with new recipes for yourself or your family, you may want to try Chefs Plate meals.
If you enjoyed this recipe, you might like Baked Haddock with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Zucchini and Pepper.
Turkish Beef Kofta from Chefs Plate
- medium pot, measuring cups, measuring spoons, large bowl, small bowl, 2 baking pans, parchment paper, salt & pepper, oil
- 250 g ground beef I used lean ground beef.
- 85 g bulgur wheat
- 113 g baby tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 1 sweet bell pepper I used an orange bell pepper to provide contrast to the tomatoes.
- 14 g parsley
- 6 g garlic cloves
- 15 g red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp Middle Eastern Spice Blend
- 55 g mayonnaise
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry all produce.
- Halve baby tomatoes.
- Mince garlic.
- Dice half of the onion and thinly slice the remaining half.
- Finely chop parsley.
- Cut bell pepper into thick strips.
- In a medium pot, bring 1 cup salted water to a boil over high heat. Add bulgur, remove from heat and cover. Leave for 15 minutes, then add 1 tbsp oil and fluff bulgur with a fork.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. To a large bowl, add beef, Middle Eastern Spice Blend and half of the diced onions. Mix well to combine. With damp hands, form beef mixture into 6 oval shaped kofta and place on one of the prepared sheets. Roast on the upper rack of oven for 14-16 min, until cooked through. (Mine were ready after 14 minutes.)
- Place sliced peppers and sliced onions on other parchment-lined baking pan and drizzle 1 Tbsp oil over vegetables. Season with salt and pepper, then toss to coat. Roast on the lower rack of oven for 14-16 min, until tender.
- Add tomatoes, parsley, half the minced garlic, remaining diced onion and red wine vinegar to the bulgur. Season with salt and pepper and mix well to combine.
- Add mayo and remaining garlic to a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, then stir to combine. Plate bulgur mixture, then add beef kofta and place roasted veggies alongside. Place a dollop of garlic mayo on each kofta.