Monday, March 16, 2009

moroccan kefta

If you haven't made Kayotic Kitchen's kefta yet, do so AT ONCE. I just bookmarked it a couple of days ago and happened to have all the ingredients except the flat-leaf parsley (which was easily procurable at a moment's notice - expensive, but accessible).

I knew as soon as I saw it that the exotic blend of spices would grab my tastebuds and never let go - and I was right. We ooh-ed and ahhhhh-ed over this - and our three-year-old even ate some!

What I did differently:

  • Didn't use a chili pepper - just added some extra cayenne.
  • Used my new microplane grater (thank you for the lovely White Day present, Stephen!) to grate some of the Vietnamese cinnamon that I won.
  • I also used the grater to zest one of the lemons I used for the recipe and I added the zest into the meatball mixture, then used half a lemon in the sauce instead of a whole.
  • Didn't have any powdered ginger so used all fresh.
  • Used 300 g (about 3/4 pound) of meat instead of a whole pound and just adjusted accordingly.
  • Served it on couscous with a side salad (splashed with grapefruit dressing) and some kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) baked with lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, and parsley (recipe here - originally from Coffee and Vanilla).
This is not a weeknight meal because of the time intensiveness of it (did bits and pieces at a time on a Sunday), but man alive, this is GOOD stuff. Gimme gimme gimme some more!


Sara said...

This looks so delicious, I love all those spices!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Sara, yes, it was GORGEOUS flavors, all melding together to create something really special. I'm making this again and again!

K and S said...

yummy, I'm bookmarking this, I have flat leaf on my veranda :)

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

K and S - let me know how you like it! :)

Kim said...

Wow! I wish I could stop by for some of your weekend cooking!!!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Kim - I so wish you could come over, too! Someday, hey! :)