Koftas (Mediterranean Meatballs) with Couscous and A Spiced Yogurt Sauce

Mediterranean Meatballs with CouscousThis meal has it all, spicy Mediterranean Meatballs, pasta and a zesty sauce. What more could a person ask for? Nothing, I tell you- nothing!

Kofta Ingredients
1 lb.  ground pork, beef or chicken (feel free to mix a few different meats together)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 onion, finely chopped
1 egg
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil (if you are using ground pork or ground chicken)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Kofta Directions
Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl and using a scooper (2 tablespoons) mold each of the meatballs and cook in a pan on medium heat until the meatballs are golden brown and cooked through.
You can also bake these meatballs at 375 degrees F for 15-25 minutes until fully cooked. Chicken and pork will take about 20 minutes and beef will take a bit longer.
Couscous Ingredients
2 cups couscous
3 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Couscous Directions
Bring the water to boil in a large sauce pan, add the salt to the water.

Place the couscous in a large casserole dish, add the oil and pour the boiling water, mix thoroughly and cover immediately.

After 15 minutes, uncover and fluff the couscous with your fork.
Lemon-Coriander Yogurt Sauce Ingredients
1/2 lb (8 ounces) of full-fat yogurt (I prefer Greek yogurt due to its thick consistency)
1 lemon, juiced
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon toasted coriander seeds
salt and pepper

Lemon-Coriander Yogurt Sauce Directions
Mix all of the ingredients together and serve.


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