Minced beef ( 300 g)
grated dried bread (from a baguette)
one finely chopped onion
kofte spices (cumin, black pepper, paprika)
I learnt how to make these the Turkish way. In a bowl add all the above ingredients then knead rigorously until the mixture becomes a ball. You then individually shape each meatball in the palm of your hand, rotating the ball in a circular motion.
With these meatballs I chose to make a “Sicilian” dish, which I’d picked up from “The Godfather” film.
You fry a chopped garlic clove in olive oil & add 3-4 freshly chopped tomatoes. Let them break down and add some concentrated tomato purée. Add a splash of red wine (I used Lambrusco)and a spoonful of sugar, mix in then place the fresh meatballs on top of the sauce and gently cook through..