Turkish Meatballs for Iftar Dinner

Turkish Meatballs for Iftar Dinner

On April 20, the Renewal Center joins with the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City to co-host an Iftar, the dinner that ends the daily fasts during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The recipe Lucia Ferrara prepares today, Kadinbudu Kofte or Turkish Meatballs, is a dish that Turkish Muslim families will have at their Iftar celebrations.

Lucia also talks with Uma Geyik from the Dialogue Institute to learn about Ramadan and why this dish graces Iftar dinners.

This will be the fourth year that the Renewal Center and the Dialogue Institute co-host an event. This year will be a virtual dinner. You can join us by Zoom (Register here to get a Zoom invitation the day of the event) or watch on YouTube.

Make some kadinbudu kofte and join us April 20!

Kadinbudu Kofte (Turkish Meatballs)

  • 1.25 lbs ground beef, divided in half
  • 1 large onion, chopped fine
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

You can use ground lamb instead, or add ground lamb to the beef.

To browned meat add

  • The rest of the ground meat
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 1 large egg yolk

Roll meat balls in

  • 1 large egg + remaining egg white, beaten
  • 4 tbsp flour

This recipe makes 10-12 meatballs and serves four people. In the video, Lucia doubles the recipe to serve eight people.

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[Lucia Ferrara, the Director of Hospitality at Precious Blood Renewal Center. Share your thoughts with Lucia or ask her questions using the form below or by sending an email to info@pbrenewalcenter.org.]

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