Kotlete Kubideh (Persian Hamburgers)
Simplicity is key to maintaining my healthy diet. When I'm juggling writing projects and trying to avoid the fast-food temptation up the street, I turn to my mother's Kotlete Kubideh--Persian Hamburgers. These delectable little meat patties may look unassuming, but they're quick to make and a tastey introduction to Persian food. Best of all, you've already got the ingredients in your kitchen, so there's no need for a trip to the local ethnic grocery for "Exotic Spice X". Ready? Here we go!
- Mix all ingredients into a bowl, excluding ghee.
- Form round meat patties, I like to do about 3oz patties and I sometimes dust them with a little arrowroot powder, but not necessary.
- Fry them in ghee on medium heat, about 4 minutes per side depending on thickness (Note that grass-fed meat may take a little longer)
Serve with rice, or atop cauliflower rice seasoned with salt/pepper (I sometimes add 1 tsp. of tumeric to my cauliflower rice, as seen in the photo) and top with fresh mint. These patties also taste great cold, so they make for easy picnic food when wrapped in lettuce. If you need a simple sauce, just mix a cup of paleo-mayo or Greek yogurt with a little fresh dill, diced garlic, a dash of salt and 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice. Let it blend in the fridge and you're good to go!