All the delicious flavors of a Kofta kabob without all the hard work - this Kofta Ground Beef Bowl with Garlic Tzatziki is full of flavor and ready in thirty minutes.
My husband and I have a standing weekly tradition of ordering out from our favorite local Mediterranean restaurant and catching up on our latest TV show obsession. (We are currently obsessed with Mr. Robot.) While he gets the shawarma every single time, I love to try out different things but probably order the Kofta kabob more than anything else. I just love the intensely spiced meat covered with creamy tzatziki and served with a fresh Israeli salad. Can't be beat. However when ever I think about making this dish at home, I usually shy away because I don't feel like making the kabobs. That was until I realized that I could skip the kabob part all together and make a ground beef version instead. It's got all the same spices just without the extra step of making and grilling the kabob. It's so easy and if you love Mediterranean food, these will quickly become a favorite.
Kofta Ground Beef Bowl with Garlic Tzatziki
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- 2 U Persian cucumbers
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 U garlic clove
- 1 U Pinch of salt
- 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 U lemon, juice
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1.33 lbs. 95% lean ground beef
- 2 U garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1/4 cup parsley, minced
- Salt and pepper
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To make the tzatziki: Use a box grater to grate the cucumber. Sprinkle with salt and let rest for 20 minutes. The salt will remove some of the moisture. Using a paper towel or cheesecloth, squeeze out as much moisture as you can from the cucumber. Meanwhile, using the back of your knife and a pinch of salt, crush the garlic into a paste. Once the cucumbers are ready, mix in the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic, oregano, pepper, and salt if needed. Stir and refrigerate.
For the beef: Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and all of the spiced and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes until meat is just cooked through. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1-2 more minutes.
To assemble the bowls: Choose your favorite grain or cauliflower rice. Top with ground beef and garlic tzatziki. Then add your favorite cooked or fresh vegetables. I like to serve mine with a Israeli salad.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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