Turkish Meatballs with Cucumber-Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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Turkish Meatballs with Cucumber-Yogurt Dipping Sauce
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1 cup uncooked bulgur

1 pound uncooked lean ground beef (with 7% fat)

½ cup scallions, sliced

1/3 cup cilantro, fresh, chopped, divided

2 ½ teaspoon minced garlic, divided

2 ½ teaspoon ground cumin, divided

1 ½ teaspoon table salt, divided

1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt

½ cup cucumber, finely diced

¼ cup radishes, finely diced

2 Tablespoons dill, fresh, chopped


Cook or soak bulgur according to package directions; drain any excess water and let cool.

Place oven rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 425F. Coat baking pan with cooking spray.

Put beef, scallions, 2 Tablespoons of cilantro, 1 teaspoon each of garlic and cumin, ½ teaspoon of salt, paprika, cinnamon and drained bulgur in a large bowl; combine ingredients with your hands until well-mixed.

Roll meatball mixture into twenty-four 1 ¼-inch balls; place on prepared pan. Bake until lightly browned and cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make dipping sauce, in a small bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, radish, dill, remaining Tablespoon of cilantro, and remaining ¼ teaspoon each of garlic, cumin and salt; mix well.

To serve, place meatballs on a serving platter with toothpicks and spoon sauce into a small bowl.

Makes 4 servings

This recipe was inspired in whole or in part by Tastebook