Beef Kefta

Serves 6


Place the beef and parsley in a large bowl and set aside. 

Place the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns and allspice berries in a dry frying pan and toast lightly, 30 to 60 seconds.  Remove and let cool.  Grind in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder.  Add the spices to the beef along with the paprika, harissa and 2 teaspoons salt.  Mix well. Make a small patty and fry in a pan until cooked.  Taste and season if needed.

Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions.  Using your hands, form each portion into a 1-inch wide by 2 ½-inch long oval-shape.  Thread two pieces onto each skewer placing them ¼-inch apart.

Place the skewers on the grill, turning occasionally, until cooked almost all the way through but still slightly pink on the inside, about 7 to 8 minutes. 


2 pounds grass-fed ground beef, not lean
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
4 allspice berries
1 tablespoon mild, unsmoked paprika
1 to 2 teaspoons harissa
Kosher salt
6 cloves garlic, minced

6 bamboo skewers 7 to 8-inches long 

Beef Kefta