Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kofta Rolls Filled WIth Spinach, Pine Nuts, Almonds And Raisins (Kafta Mashi Bi Sabenekh)



This is yet another recipe I picked from Abla's Lebanese Kitchen. It made sense to use up the nuts and spices we bought for our last Lebanese meal -  Chicken Breast Roll with Rice Stuffing. I must say this is a whole lot easier than stuffing the chicken breasts but it will still impress your guests at a dinner party. You may replace the stuffing with hard boiled eggs and minced lamb with beef instead. Enjoy your weekend and happy cooking!



Recipe adapted from Abla's Lebanese Kitchen
serves 4 
you'll need;
1 kg of minced lamb
3/4 cup of chopped parsley
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of allspice
1/2 tsp of black pepper
olive oil for brushing
steamed vegetables to serve

for the filling;
200 g of spinach, washed, drained and chopped
3 spring onions, chopped
1 tbs of olive oil
1/3 cup of pine nuts*
1/3 cup of blanched almonds, halved*
1/3 cup of raisin
1/4 tsp of allspice
1/4 tsp of black pepper
salt to taste
1 tbs of lemon juice
* Dry toast nuts til golden then add in a dollop of butter, drained well



Place minced lamb, parsley, onion and spices in a blender and process to combine. (Do it in batches)



Mix all filling ingredients in a bowl.



Brush cling film with a little oil and place half of the mince mixture on it. Flatten it out and place half of the filling in a line down the centre.



fold the sides over to form a roll.



Place kofta rolls in an oiled roasting tray, brush with olive oil and bake in the pre heated oven for 30-40 minutes.



Rest kofta rolls for 10 minutes before slicing. Skim off excess oil and reserve the cooking jus.



I served the kofta slices with boiled cabbage and green beans with the reserved cooking jus poured over the vegetables.

26 comments:

  1. WOW! This really makes me hungry by looking at it.

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  2. looks awesome and so yummy. you know i've never wrapped anything in glad wrap to shape and then cook like they do on masterchef but i reckon i should give it a go. a great technique to combine ingredients together :-)

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  3. Love it! I am so going to get the book.

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  4. Now this is a nice meal...it looks very impressive.

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  5. Amazing stuffed lamb! Good for everyday, but want to invite guests for dinner with it :)

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  6. What can't you cook? I love food rolled up like that lo well done hehe

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  7. You are good at rolling lol. Looks fantastic !

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  8. Harriet from CarltonJuly 31, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Good work! must get the book soon.

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  9. Great looking dish! It looks so yummy!
    As usual you've coked up a winner!

    Big big hugs!
    B xx

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  10. Well done buddy! Glad you are having fun with the book. It looks good.

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  11. Look like I might need to look for the book soon. Tempting!

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  12. Ummmm! This looks delicious and you rolled it up very neatly!

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  13. Kind of like rolling sushi! I just used ground lamb last week in a satay or kabob on a stick, I'm not sure what to call it. This looks better with all the added flavor in the stuffing! I always love your photos...so helpful!

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  14. That looks awsome. I must try this when I have friends over next.

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  15. Wow, that's one good looking salivating dish.
    Maybe I'll try it one day, with minced pork.

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  16. This looks fabulous. Of course, I could put spinach, pine nuts, almonds and raisins in a bowl and scarf it down. Save time cooking! But seriously- just beautiful!

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  17. You have made this looks rather simple and I am going to give it a go.

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  18. Looks fantastic!! Yummy!! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  19. This is making me hungry! Time for dinner :)

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  20. This looks great buddy! Will be trying this soon!

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  21. I have yet to try the chicken roll. This looks just as delicious and a lot easier too!

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  22. Wow! Looks delicious! It's so impressive, you did a great job rolling it up!

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  23. Middle Eastern food is wonderful. I can remember growing-up in south Florida and enjoying a very similar dish. Served up with a good pilaf this would be over the top. Awesome.

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  24. That looks really, really tasty! Your rolls look so good - well done.

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  25. going to make this for my dinner today, googled lamb and spinach as have both in my fridge, now I know exactly what to do with them!

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