Kofte and Hummus Platter Recipe

Kofte and Hummus Platter

Serves 6 as an appetizer

These flavorful Turkish meatballs are great served over hummus as part of a mezze menu or on their own with a salad for an easy weeknight meal. Either way, warm pita is the perfect sidekick.


  • For the meatballs:
  • 1/2 large onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic (approx 6 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp Metropolitan Market Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • To serve:
  • 2 cups hummus
  • 1 package Metropolitan Market Greek Pita Bread
  • Garnishes:
  • chopped parsley, crispy fried onions (see Cook’s Tips)


  1. In a large bowl, place all the meatball ingredients except olive oil. Using your hands, mix everything together until thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Form mixture into small ovals or balls the size of a golf ball. If you have time, allow meatballs to rest in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.
  3. In a large sauté pan, heat 3 Tbsp of olive oil. Add meatballs, shaking often, until cooked through and browned on all sides (8-10 minutes). For oven instructions, see Cook’s Tips.
  4. In a shallow bowl, spread the hummus. Arrange meatballs on top, and garnish with chopped parsley and fried onions. Serve with warm pita.
  5. Cook’s Tips:
  6. To bake the meatballs: Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Spread meatballs on a non-stick sheet pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until browned and cooked thoroughly.
  7. Find crispy fried onions, such as Lars Own or French’s, in the grocery department.


Amount Per Serving (based on 6 servings)
Calories: 490
Fat: 21 g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 50 mg
Sodium: 710 mg
Carbohydrates: 54 g
Fiber: 4 g
Sugar: 5 g
Added Sugars: 1 g
Protein: 28 g
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