This kafta recipe is adapted from Annia Ciezadlo's Day of Honey (Simon & Schuster, 2011).
Yield: makes 22 Skewers
8 oz. ground beef chuck
2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
2 tbsp. finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
2 tbsp. Aleppo pepper
1⁄4 tsp. ground allspice
3⁄4 tsp. dried mint
1⁄2 tsp. ground cumin
1⁄2 tsp. ground coriander
1⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1⁄2 medium yellow onion, grated, drained in a strainer
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Build a hot charcoal fire in a grill. In a large bowl, stir together beef, parsley, tomatoes, Aleppo, allspice, mint, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, onions, salt, and pepper. Form 1 tbsp. beef mixture each around the end of 22 skewers; grill, turning, until lightly charred, about 4 minutes.