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I first posted this recipe over at Eazy Peazy site a while back. It's such a fun, simple yet super flavorful dish. The combination of the feta, the fresh bread, and the flavorful kofta really make it a winner!
This Kofta Pizza will elevate any summer party and the best part is of course, its SO EASY and tastes SO good! Kofta is basically meatballs or dumplings from the Middle East and Southeast Asian region. They are formed into either balls or cigar shaped and are used in hundreds of variations of dishes.
The meat is first ground up so finely that it becomes a smooth paste and then mixed with various spices depending on the region. Most common spices used are cumin and cardamom and also with onions and parsley. The Middle East and Southeast Asian region is so vast, so depending on where you are the kofta could taste quite different. Some bake it, grill it, roast or fry it, either way, the flavors of the spices in the meat taste amazing.
In parts of the Middle East it is served in a pita bread as street food, in other parts it is cooked in with various sauces. In fact, the word Kofta is derived from the word “koftan” and in Farsi that means to “beat” or to “grind” because it is ground so much to create the smooth consistency.
I recently discovered an amazing little bakery that bakes baguettes fresh daily and even writes the time the bread came out of the oven! The inside of the baguette is so soft it felt like I was biting into a cloud. Because Syria was occupied by the French for quite some time, there is a huge French influence in the region, one of which is baguettes. Thank you France! I immediately dreamed of a kofta baguette sandwich with all the trimmings.
When I decided to make this though, I took it one step further and bought garlic bread from my local supermarket and that just gave it the perfect garlic touch. I added spaghetti sauce on top of it, placed the baked kofta on top of that, added slices of feta cheese and garnished with parsley. We devoured it in minutes! This is definitely going to be what I will make for my family at our next BBQ