Tave Kosi – Recipe #1

Our first attempt at Albanian cooking was Tave Kosi, one of Albania’s most famous dishes. Basically it is Baked Lamb and Yogurt. We enjoyed the flavour, but the lamb cut wasn’t the greatest and we seemed to have a lot of the egg/yogurt mixture left over. We saved this for egg breakfast the next morning.  For those of you looking for something new and simple to make in the cold winter months then maybe give this one a try. If you do, please let us know!

Ingredients:

1-1/2 lbs lamb
4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
2 tablespoons rice
Salt, pepper

For Yogurt sauce:

1 tablespoon flour
4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
2 lbs. yogurt
5 eggs
Salt, pepper

Directions: Cut meat in 4 serving pieces, sprinkle each piece with salt and pepper, and bake in a moderately-heated oven with half the butter, sprinkling the meat with its gravy now and then. When meat is half-baked, add rice; remove the baking pan from the oven and leave it aside while you prepare the yogurt sauce:
Sauté flour in butter until mixed thoroughly. Mix yogurt with salt, pepper and eggs until a uniform mixture is obtained, and finally stir in the flour. Put the sauce mixture in the baking pan; sauté it with the meat pieces and bake at 375 degrees F for about 45 minutes. Note: the egg and yogurt mixture will rise up and firm like a quiche. Serve hot.

Tave Kosi - our first home cooked Albanian dish

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About rrettenmier

In September 2010, Dan and I received working visas for the United Kingdom. We sold our condo, quit our jobs and packed our bags to move to London. This blog (though a few months late) is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to.
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