Qofte - (Meat Balls)


This is an easy Albanian dish with herby meat flavours in a convenient "patty".

You need to use your (washed) hands to really work together the ingredients in this dish.

Quantities are for 12 patties.


500 gm
minced lamb
1 large slice
wholemeal bread
25 ml
medium to small white onion
35 gm
feta cheese
30 ml
Zaytoun FAIRTRADE olive oil
10 ml
dried parsley
10 ml
dried mint
200 gm
plain flour
100 ml
sunflower oil



Skin and finely chop the onion and garlic.

Crumble the cheese.

Break up the bread into small pieces in a mixing bowl and add the milk. Allow the bread to soak up the milk.

Put he minced meat, onion, herbs and mix.

Add the breadcrumbs and mix, and add the FAIRTRADE olive oil and mix.

Season with salt and FAIRTRADE ground black pepper.

One handful at a time, form the meat mixture into flat, circular patties about 1 to 1.5 cm thick.

Coat each patty with sunflower oil.

Then coat each patty with flour.


Fry each patty for 5 to 7 minutes on each side in sunflower oil.

To serve

Serve with a Romaine Salad, and Yoghurt Sauce,

Or serve with Dipping sauce,

or serve with Peas Pilau.

Meze: Serve cool with a FAIRTRADE red wine.


This basic recipe is middle eastern in origin.

However, flexibilities are available in several directions.

Add chutney or jam to the meat mixture for a hint of sweetness.

Add ground cumin and coriander spices to the meat mixture for a more Asian flavour.

Add chili powder or fresh chillis for a spicy hot.

Do all of the above, and cook as a pie and you get bobotie. Or make the patties smaller and serve cold as finger food.