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Mini Turkish Kofte Pitas Recipe

These miniature Turkish Kofte Pita bites are loaded with bold spices, tangy yogurt sauce, and greens tossed in a bright dressing. Try something new for dinner tonight!
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Turkish
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 2 -3
Calories: 788kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped pistachios
  • 6 ounces ground lamb
  • 6 ounces ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - divided
  • Juice of one lemon - divided
  • 1 1/2 cups butter lettuce or other salad greens
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 6 mini pitas - or 3 regular pieces of pita bread
  • 3 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Combine the pistachios, lamb, beef, cumin, thyme, and coriander in a large bowl. Use your hands to work the spices into the meat. Gently form the mixture into 6 equal rectangular patties.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the meat patties and cook 2-3 minutes per side, about 8-12 minutes total, until medium-rare or cooked to your liking.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the remaining tablespoon of olive oil into half the lemon juice and add a dash of salt and pepper. Toss this dressing with the butter lettuce, red onion, parsley, and mint.
  • Whisk the remaining lemon juice together with the Greek yogurt.
  • Form the kofte pitas by topping each piece of pita bread with the dressed green salad and one piece of meat. Top with the Greek yogurt mixture and a sprinkle of lemon zest (if desired).

NOTES

I like to warm my pita: Preheat an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and wrap the pita bread pieces in foil. Place the foil package in the preheating oven while you prepare the rest of the meal.
Nutrition Facts
Mini Turkish Kofte Pitas Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
788
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
33
g
51
%
Saturated Fat
 
10
g
63
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
20
g
Cholesterol
 
107
mg
36
%
Sodium
 
779
mg
34
%
Carbohydrates
 
76
g
25
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
45
g
90
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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