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Lamb and Plantain Koftas with Tomato-Yogurt Sauce

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 6

Middle Eastern koftas are like meatballs grilled on a skewer. Instead of the typical rice or bulgur, plantain is added to the meat mixture. Serve with a creamy cinnamon-spiced tomato sauce.


  Tomato-Yogurt Sauce:

  1 can tomatoes

  4 McCormick® Cinnamon Sticks

  1 cup plain whole milk Greek-style yogurt

  1/2 tsp McCormick® Cinnamon Ground

  1/2 tsp McCormick® Cumin Ground

  1/2 tsp salt

  1/4 tsp McCormick® Black Pepper Ground

  Lamb and Plantain Koftas:

  1 Tbs vegetable oil

  1/2 cup finely chopped ripe plantain

  1/2 lb ground lamb

  1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

  2 Tbs bread crumbs

  4 tsp McCormick® Parsley Flakes

  1 1/2 tsp McCormick® Garlic Powder

  1 1/2 tsp McCormick® Onion Powder

  1 tsp McCormick® Cumin Ground

  1/2 tsp McCormick® Black Pepper Ground

  1/2 tsp salt

  12 wooden skewers

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For the Tomato-Yogurt Sauce, place tomatoes and cinnamon sticks in small saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Cook 15 minutes or until mixture is reduced to about 3/4 cup. Cool completely. Remove cinnamon sticks. Reserve 1/4 cup tomato mixture for the koftas. Place remaining tomato mixture, yogurt and seasonings in small food processor. Cover. Process until desired texture. Spoon sauce in serving bowl. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Lamb and Plantain Koftas, heat oil in small skillet on medium-high heat. Add plantain; cook and stir 3 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Cool. Mix lamb, plantains, reserved 1/4 cup tomato mixture, red onion, bread crumbs and seasonings in large bowl until well blended. Divide lamb mixture into 12 portions. Form each portion into a 3-inch long roll. Carefully slide a wooden skewer through the center of each roll.

Grill over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes per side or until koftas are cooked through and browned. Serve with Tomato-Yogurt Sauce.

Nutritional Information:

Calories 177

Total Fat 9g 

Cholesterol 30mg 

Sodium 607mg 

Total Carbohydrate 13g 

Dietary Fiber 2g 

Protein 11g