Turkish Lamb Kofta With Cherries & Yogurt Recipe

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80 mins (prep 20, cooking 60)
24 ingredients
4 servings
These little meatballs are a bit different take on traditional Kofta with the use of cherries and veal stock as a sauce. Fortunately in the Bay Area this year the cherry crop was very good; keeping the price per pound within reason. As garnish options I offerred chopped cilantro, feta cheese, yogurt sauce and toasted pignoli nuts. I adapted this dish from one in Diana Henry's book "Plenty." The original used chicken stock which you can substitute for veal stock but the homemade rich brown veal stock adds considerable depth to the sauce. I also used more and different spices than was called for the in the original. The sauce can be left chunky in the form of a compote if you wish. I elected to puree to make it smoother and a bit more elegant. The original recipe fried the lamb in oil. Usually Kofta are fried or grilled. I baked them instead of frying trying to use less fat. These meatballs freeze well after baking so making a big batch with some for later use might make sense. I served roasted cauliflower with Turkish seasoning, whole wheat pita rounds and a salad with the Kofta. As for a wine I wanted something very fruit forward. Cline Cellars Sonoma County 2010 Cashmere worked well. It is a blend of Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache that has flavors of cherries, rasberries and plums.

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Serving Size (369.31 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 678.12 Calories from Fat 337.23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37.47g 230.57%
Saturated Fat 17.31g 346.19%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 114.31mg 152.41%
Sodium 905.92mg 150.99%
Total Carbohydrate 49.13g 65.5%
Dietary Fiber 18.4 g 294.36%
Sugars 18.99 g %
Protein 46.57g 372.54%
Vitamin A 1380.02IU% Vitamin C 79.82mg%
Calcium 963.14mg% Iron 16.28mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
cloves garlic, garlic pepper, sauce, light brown sugar, veal stock, garlic pepper, sauce, or, sauce, garnish, pignoli nuts