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Baked Middle Eastern Kofta (Meatballs) and Veggies

Served throughout the Middle East, Kofta is a type of meatball flavored with herbs and spices and served in pita bread with tahini or tzatziki sauce. To make things easier, we’ve transformed this traditional dish into a sheet pan meal with our Baked Middle Eastern Kofta (Meatballs) and Veggies recipe.


Baked Middle Eastern Kofta (Meatballs) and Veggies


For Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup Chobani® nonfat plain Greek yogurt

  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint leaves

  • ½ lemon, juice of

  • ½ tsp. garlic powder

  • Pinch salt

For Kofta:

  • 1 lb. 50/50 ground beef/turkey blend (found in our meat department)

  • ½ lb. cremini mushrooms, finely chopped

  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin

  • 1 Tbsp. ground coriander

  • 1 tsp. allspice

  • 2 tsp. minced garlic

  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

For Vegetable Blend:

  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced into ¼-inch half moons

  • 1 red pepper, cut into ¼-inch thick strips

  • ½ red onion, diced

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Serving Suggestions:

  • Cooked brown rice

  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • Mint leaves, finely chopped

  • Lemon wedges



  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt sauce ingredients until well mixed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  3. Add kofta ingredients to a large bowl. Mix with hands to incorporate. Form into approximately 28 (1-inch) balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Set aside.

  4. In another large bowl, add zucchini, red pepper, onion and olive oil. Toss to mix and season with salt and pepper. Add veggies to baking sheet, placing in between kofta.

  5. Bake kofta and veggies for 15 minutes. Then, turn broiler on high and broil for 3 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.

  6. Serve warm over brown rice with yogurt sauce and topped with parsley, mint and lemon.


Yield: 6 servings


*Per Serving: Calories 230, Total Fat 12g (Saturated 3g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 45mg, Sodium 290mg, Total Carbohydrate 9g (Dietary Fiber 2g), Protein 22g, Vitamin D 0%, Calcium 8%, Iron 10%, Potassium 15%


*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.


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