1tablespoonextra-virgin olive oil(if using lean meat)
1recipeDairy-Free Tzatziki(Avoziki - see below)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1teaspoonchopped fresh dill
1teaspoonchopped fresh mint
1/4 to 1/2cupfull-fat coconut milk
Torn fresh basil leaves
Torn fresh cilantro leaves
Torn fresh mint leaves
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then place a wire baking rack on top of it.
Make the kofta: In a large mixing bowl, combine the herbs, spices, salt, lemon zest, and onion. Add the meat and mix to thoroughly combine it with the seasonings. If you are using a leaner cut of meat (such as lean ground beef or ground turkey breast), add the tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture at this point. Form the meat into 18 kofta (oblong) shapes, about 1 1/2 ounces each, and insert an extra-large wooden cocktail stick into each one. Alternatively, make smaller meatballs for use with toothpicks or without sticks entirely to save a step.
Place the kofta on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, until cooked through.
While the kofta are baking, combine the ingredients for the sauce, adding enough coconut milk to make a thick dipping sauce.
Garnish the kofta with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with the dipping sauce.