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Lamb Kofta in Tahini Sauce

Warmly spiced lamb koftas baked in a creamy, lemony tahini sauce served with flatbread. The epitome of Middle Eastern comfort food.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 4
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup packed minced parsley plus more for garnishing
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne
  • 2 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 lbs ground lamb

Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.  Combine all kofta ingredients in large bowl and use your hands to work everything together so that the spices especially are evenly distributed.
  • Scoop by 1/2-cupfuls and shape into long sausage shapes.  Arrange in a 9x13" baking dish and bake for 25 minutes, until browned.  Meanwhile, whisk together sauce ingredients.
  • Flip over the kofta, and pour the sauce over top, whisking it into the accumulated juices. Continue baking another 10-15 minutes, until tops of kofta are browned and sauce is slightly thickened. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with flatbread.