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Shared by Tsivia Tobi

Kofta (Meat Patties)

Yield: 8 - 10 servingsTime: 1h 10min

This recipe was shared by Tsivia Tobi. Read more about her family in "Keeping a Couscous Tradition Alive — Even When There’s No Couscous in Sight" and try her recipes for merget kaski (vegetable soup with bulgur), mashed pumpkin, and turshi (pickled vegetables).


  • 3 small (~¾ lb.) potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium onion, grated, excess water strained
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ⅓ cup parsley, chopped
  • ⅓ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ⅓ cup dill, chopped
  • 1 ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup flour
  • vegetable oil for frying
Main CoursesMeat Kosher for PassoverGluten FreeNorth Africa


  • Step 1

    In a medium saucepan, cover the potatoes with one inch of water and place over high heat. Boil until easily pierced with a fork, about 10 minutes. Strain and transfer to a large bowl.

  • Step 2

    Mash potato with a fork until creamy (some small lumps are ok). Add the onion, garlic, ground beef, ground turkey, parsley, cilantro, dill, salt, pepper, and mix until evenly combined.

  • Step 3

    Lightly beat one egg and add to the mixture, combining evenly.

  • Step 4

    Shape ⅓ a cup of the meat mixture into a 1 ½ inch patty. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

  • Step 5

    Roll each patty in the flour and move to a resting plate.

  • Step 6

    Heat a quarter of an inch of oil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Lightly beat the two remaining eggs. Dip patties into egg and place in hot oil. Fry in a single layer, being careful not to overcrowd the pan (you can have two pans going at once) for 5 to 7 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Make sure the oil doesn’t get too hot or start to burn, turning down the heat if necessary.

  • Step 7

    Place patties on a plate lined with a paper towel.

  • Step 8

    Serve immediately in Merget Kaski.