BEST of Albania food: Tave Kosi!
Read our previous posting: “Best of Afghanistan food : Qabili Palau”
Tave Kosi is Albania‘s national dish. Baked lamb and rice with yoghurt.
Here is the recipe I borrowed from Epicurus.com:
Tave Kosi : Baked Lamb with Yogurt
Recipe type: Lamb or Mutton
1 1/2 pounds lamb leg or shoulder
salt, to taste
freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
3/4 Cup butter
2 Tablespoons rice
2 Tablespoons oregano leaves, fresh
1/2 teaspoon; garlic, crushed
2 pounds yogurt
5 eggs; beaten
1 Tablespoon flour
Prepare the Recipe
Cut meat into 4 serving pieces. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dot with 1/4 Cup butter and bake at 350 degrees with the oregano and garlic, basting now and then with pan juices, about 40 minutes, or until well browned. Stir rice into pan juices. Remove baking pan from oven and set aside while preparing yogurt sauce.
Combine yogurt with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in eggs until smooth. Set aside.
Melt remaining 1/2 Cup butter and add flour. Saute until smooth. Add yogurt mixture and stir until smooth. Pour yogurt sauce in baking pan, stirring it with meat pieces, and bake at 375 degrees 45 minutes. Serve hot.
Read our related posting: “Albania: land of the golden eagles and of the double headed black eagles!”
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