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.


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

  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 :-)

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

  4. Now this is a nice looks very impressive.

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

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

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

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

    Good work! must get the book soon.

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

    Big big hugs!
    B xx

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

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

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

  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 helpful!

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

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

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

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

  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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