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Beef Balls in the Pan

Tafta Kofta
(Beef Balls in the Pan)

Common to all Middle East countries


3 slices stale bread
2 cloves crushed garlic
3 tablespoons grated cheese
salt and pepper
chicken fat for frying
1 lb. beef
2 onions, grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 eggs
1 tablespoon dill, chopped
1 gill grape juice

Soak bread in grape juice and squeeze dry in hands.

Put meat 3 times through mincer, add bread and put through mincer again. Add all other ingredients, except chicken fat, and knead for 10 minutes. Wet palms of hands with leftover grape juice and shape mixture into small balls.

Heat fat to boiling point and put in balls. Reduce heat to low and cook until both sides are well browned, about 30 minutes for whole operation.

From "Arab World Cook Book" by Nahda Salah
available through International Promoters of Art Inc.

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