Josh and I are trying a new thing this month: not spending half our take home pay in food costs. Radical, I know. Especially when there’s only two of us. Well, and Winston, but he doesn’t get people food, much to his dismay. But between eating out fairly often (especially lunches during the work week, Sunday breakfasts at Afternoon Delight or Mark’s Midtown Coney Island and the frequent dinner out alone or with friends) and shopping at some not-so-wallet-friendly places just because they happen to be right across the street (coughwholefoodscough) and have an excellent meat counter, we do spend an inordinate amount of money on food. That and we tend to not eat leftovers, and we buy expensive ingredients because well…we’re foodies. We like to make and cook food of various types, and we get bored easily so…well, you can see how it lands us into trouble.
Where was I going with this? Oh yeah. Economizing. Busch’s has ground sirloin on sale! I adore ground sirloin. So we bought a family pack of the stuff because hey, we eat beef pretty often (can you tell?), we have a ton of plastic baggies AND we have one of the greatest kitchen tools ever–a countertop scale. We are in business.
And because I had this lovely pack of ground beef, I decided to try something new that would also utilize mostly ingredients I already had in the cupboards: beef kofta.
Kofta, or kefta, are basically Middle Eastern/South Asian meatballs which have variations numbering in the hundreds. Often you’ll see them shaped like sausages and grilled on sticks. That’s more or less what I was going for here. Emboldened by the fact that kofta can be so varied, I didn’t worry about whether it’s truly authentic (I can assure you it’s not) and just focused on making something tasty, easy and quick.
Which brings us, finally, to the recipe. Continue reading