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Lamb köfte with flatbread

Australian Gourmet Traveller fast Turkish-style recipe for lamb köfte with flatbread.

By Rodney Dunn
  • 25 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Lamb köfte with flatbread
Roll the flatbread as thinly as possible to get light, airy bread. This is a delightful accompaniment to barbecued meat.


  • 1 kg minced lamb
  • 100 gm fine fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds, dry-roasted, finely ground
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, dry-roasted, finely ground
  • 18 lemon leaves (optional)
  • To serve: extra-virgin olive oil and lemon wedges
  • To serve: 200 gm feta
  • To serve: 1½ cups each (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley and mint
  • 10 gm dried yeast
  • 265 gm (1¾ cups) bread flour


  • 1
    For flatbread, combine yeast, 80ml warm water and 2 tsp salt in a large bowl, stir until yeast dissolves. Add 60ml warm water and stir to combine, then add flour and stir until a soft dough forms (adding a little more water if necessary). Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes). Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat, then cover with plastic wrap and leave in a draught-free place until doubled in size (1½ -2 hours). Knock down dough and gently knead, then divide into six equal portions. Roll out each portion on a lightly floured surface to a 30cm round. Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add bread, one at a time and cook, turning once until golden and puffed (1-2 minutes) and set aside.
  • 2
    Combine lamb, breadcrumbs, mint, lemon rind and spices in a large bowl. Season to taste, mix until well combined. Roll into 18 golf-ball-sized pieces. Wrap each ball in a lemon leaf and skewer three balls on each of six long metal skewers.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, heat a char-grill pan or barbecue to medium-high heat. Add skewers and grill, turning occasionally, until just cooked (5-6 minutes).
  • 4
    Drizzle with olive oil, squeeze lemon wedges over the top, and serve with flatbread, feta and herbs.


Drink Suggestion: Spicy grenache shiraz. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

  • Author: Rodney Dunn