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Turkish Juicy Meatballs (Sulu Köfte) Recipe

I don’t know why, but every child in Turkey loves juicy meatballs. Preparing meatballs can be intimidating, but they are actually quite simple to make. I recommend having rice pilaf on the menu as well. Juicy meatballs are a very tasty and satisfying dish.

With this recipe, juicy meatballs for 4 people can be prepared in about 90 minutes.

  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil,
  • 3 Potatoes (medium),
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste,
  • 1 Onion (medium),
  • 4 cups hot water (a cup is 200 mL),
  • 3-4 sprigs parsley,
  • 1 teaspoon salt,
  • 1 teaspoon chili paprika,

For the meatballs;

  • 200 gr mince (beef),
  • 2 tablespoons bulgur wheat or 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs,
  • 2 cloves garlic,
  • 1 teaspoon paprika,
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper,
  • 1 teaspoon salt,
  • 2 tablespoons flour.

Step 1: Put the mince, bulgur, grated garlic, paprika, black pepper and salt in a bowl and knead for 5 minutes,

Step 2: Keep the mixture in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to rest,

Step 3: Take small pieces of the mixture and roll them between your hands,

Step 4: To prevent the meatballs from sticking together, dip the meatballs in 2 tablespoons of flour,

Step 5: Heat a pot over medium heat,

Step 6: Put 3 tablespoons sunflower oil in the pot,

Step 7: When the oil is hot, put the diced onion in the pot and heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring,

Step 8: Add 2 tablespoons tomato paste and heat for 3-4 minutes,

Step 9: Put the diced potatoes in the pot and heat for 5-6 minutes,

Step 10: Add 4 cups hot water to the pot and mix (Add enough water to cover the top of the potato with 2 fingers),

Step 11: Add the meatballs you prepared to the boiling dish and mix gently,

Step 12: Add 1 teaspoon salt,

Step 13; Add 1 teaspoon paprika and stir,

Step 14: Cook for 30 minutes on low heat,

Step 15: When serving, sprinkle some parsley.

Key point; While cooking, you can check it from time to time and add some hot water depending on the situation.


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