Saturday, May 21, 2011

Red Meat Kotlet - (Persian Kotlets)


Kotlets are a Persian food served with mostly rice and fried tomatoes or eaten with bread and fresh herbs. 

F u n D a b b l e r  F a c t

Kotlet (persian) = Cotlet (French) = Cutlet (English) - a cut of meat. Somehow that was transformed into ground meat being friend in Persian :)

I N G R E D I E N TS

  • 1 lb ground beef/veal/lamb… traditionally beef, but choose your meat.
  • 3 fist sized russet potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion (finely grated/puréed)


  • cinnamon - about a quarter of a teaspoon ground
  • salt - to taste
  • pepper - to taste
  • turmeric powder - about a half a teaspoon
  • saffron (quarter of a teaspoon ground)

Makes about 10 kotlets
Takes about 1 hour to make


NOTE
The recipe doesn't really double or triple so for a larger batch here is what I normally use:

Ground red meat - 5 lbs
Potatoes - about 1 lb half cooked (roughly 7 fist sized potatoes)
Eggs - 4
Onion - 2 medium
Turmeric - 1 heaping teaspoon
Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
Saffron - .5 teaspoon ground into a powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Makes about 50 Kotlets
(each kotlet is about 4 inches long uncooked and 2 inches wide)

I N S T R U C T I O N S

Cook the potatoes to the point where you can get a fork into it but with some pressure. Almost cooked but more raw than cooked.

Peel and grate your potatoes and allow to cool.

Mix in the rest of your ingredients massage gently until everything is evenly dispersed. 



Form your "patties" (Kotlets) traditionally into ovals, but really you can make them into whatever shape you would like. (I always make mini ones for kids, they get a kick out of it… I remember I did too! :) )

Place your ovals into a frying pan with heated cooking oil. Use enough oil in the pan to cover the surface of the whole pan. Fry away on each side. 



NOTE: Always use a cooking oil with high smoke points such as Canola or vegetable oils. 

HINTS: 
1. I use 2 spatulas to turn to avoid breaking of your Kotlets. It is also easier to turn when one side is completely cooked. 

2. If you see that your Kotlets are falling apart, place your mixture in the fridge so it cools a bit. and if STILL it sin't working, add another egg and hope it turns out alright! ;)

Fry up some tomato rounds and eat with some rice!  In a rush? Eat them with some bread and fresh herbs like basil, mint, green onions, radishes (I know not an herb but still good). 



Enjoy!

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