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Olive Fig Turkey Kufta Kebobs

Olive Fig Turkey Kufta Kebobs

Kufta is a ground meat kebob and is totally transformed using ground turkey and the Israeli classics, fig and olive. The sweetness from the figs brings a new flavor profile to the usually very savory kufta. 

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  • 6Servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey 
  • ¼ cup chopped dried Mission figs 
  • ¼ cup chopped dried pitted black olives 
  • 1 tablespoon fig jam 
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander 
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin 
  • 1 tablespoon crushed fresh garlic 
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 


1. Combine turkey, figs, olives, jam, coriander, cumin, garlic, parsley, oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Cover bowl or place in a resealable container or bag. Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours. 

2. Form meat into an oblong shape around your kebab stick. Brush oil over ground turkey mixture. 

3. Grill on medium heat for 7 minutes on one side. Flip and grill 5 minutes more. 

ALTERNATIVE TO GRILLING Preheat oven to 425°F and roast for 10 minutes on one side. Flip and roast 8 minutes more. ALTERNATIVE 

SERVING OPTION Make into meatballs: Preheat oven to 375°F. Form mixture into 2 tablespoon-size balls, place on parchment-lined sheet, and roast for 20 minutes.