|minced beef with mint and parsley baked in the oven|
I am slightly disappointed with my newly-acquired cookbook Antakya – City and Cuisine.
The pictures are fabulous but the recipes leave a lot to be desired in terms of detail or rather lack of. If I were a novice cook, I would be confused.
Today I had some of my huge bunch of mint to use up and also one stray red pepper, the long thin kind not the bell pepper kind. I didn’t want to have to consign it to the bin. I also wanted to make something with mince meat and I knew that many of the recipes in my new cookbook incorporated it so I had a quick flip-through.
|you need a lot of parsley|
Sure enough, there was something with all my ingredients so I thought why not? A nice new taste from Antakya. I love using fresh local produce and this was certainly a recipe like that: lots of mint and parsley, and I mean lots, plus one red pepper! Perfect! And I had paid a visit to my friendly local butcher so I had some lovely-looking kıyma/mince to hand. This recipe is certainly not difficult and the result is delicious: it's one big herby köfte!
Ingredients for Minced Beef with Mint and Parsley
Serves 4 – 6
500g/ ½ lb minced beef/dana kıyması
1 bunch parsley/maydonoz
½ bunch fresh mint/nane
1 red pepper/kırmızı biber
5 garlic cloves
1 tsp cumin/kimyon
Salt and black pepper to taste
I tomato, quartered, 1 thin green pepper (optional)
· Roughly chop the parsley, mint, red pepper and garlic and then put in the food processor. Mix well. In a bowl, add to the mince meat and knead with your hands until thoroughly mixed. Add cumin and seasoning to taste.
· Oil the baking tray or round tin (approx 24 cm/ 9 -10 inches) that you are going to use and with your hands spread the meat mixture evenly in it.
|ready to go in the oven|
· Place the quartered tomato and long thin green pepper on top of the mixture if using.
· Sprinkle a little water over the top and cook for 30 mins in the pre-heated oven.
|a minced beef dish from Antakya/Antioch|
Serve with a pilaf of either rice or bulgur and you will have a delicious family supper.