Airfryer Turkish Cheese & Leek Koftas

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Welcome to another of my delicious Airfryer recipes and here are my delicious cheese and leek kofta kebabs. They’re perfect for oil free use of your airfryer and give you a great insight into the Turkish cuisine.

This delicious cheese and leek kofta recipe is sponsored by Essential Turkish cuisine. Which is an in depth cookery ebook giving you a crash course in Turkish cooking.

But first lets go back to the beginning and that beginning is 100 years ago. You see today EXACTLY 100 years ago would have been the birth date of my Grandad George.


He was so amazing that our youngest son Jorge is named after him, just with the Portuguese spelling rather than the British one as we have called Portugal our home for the last 8.5 years.

My grandad was a fisherman by trade. I used to watch him go out to sea and then come home with his catch of the day. He lived an average life, but had the biggest heart you could ever wish for.

Even though he was of the generation when the wife was in the kitchen and the man wasn’t, you would regularly see him cooking. He grew his own fruit and vegetables in his allotment and was much more talented in the kitchen than what you would think.

He could cook the most delicious fishermans fishcakes and when my Grandma was on a strict diet by the doctors to eat more, he would be in there making her lots of delicious meals.

In this modern world I could just imagine him with a slow cooker and an airfryer taking this modern world in his stride. I am sure he would also be eating these delicious koftas as a simple but impressive dish to serve to his daughters and grandkids.

He also chopped and diced leeks incredibly fast for a non-chef and would have them in a soup with his old worn out fishermans hands in no time.

But sadly he never made it to our modern era thanks to cancer knocking him down 23 years ago. So this is dedicated to you Grandad George though I am sure I wont be chopping the leeks up as fast as you!

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Airfryer Turkish Cheese & Leek Koftas
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  • Airfryer
  • Turkish Cuisine Cookbook
  • Leek (3cm in length)
  • Handful Feta Cheese (broken up)
  • 300g Minced Beef
  • 1Tbp Mixed Spice
  • 1Tbsp Cumin
  • 1Tbsp Mint
  • 1Tbp Parsley
  • 1Tsp Garlic Puree
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Clean and thinly dice your leeks so that they are very thinly sliced up.
  2. In a small ceramic dish (that will fit nicely into the airfryer) add to it your leeks along with your garlic puree and mix well.
  3. Cook in the airfryer for 10 minutes at 180c.
  4. In a mixing bowl – add all your seasonings with the cheese and mince and mix well. Throw in your leeks and mix a little more.
  5. Shape into kofta shaapes and place them onto sticks.
  6. Cook in the airfryer for 15 minutes at 180c.
  7. Serve with mayonnaise and ketchup.
Please make sure you clean and dice the leeks as small as you can. This will stop you ending up with big chunks of leek in your mouth when you bite into the kofas.

Instead of weighing your leek chop a slice so that it works out at approximately 3cms in length.

Break up the feta cheese in your hand and it will be like a crumbly mess and perfect for cooking with.

By dry frying the leeks with garlic will mean that the leeks will end up well cooked and that they will have a delicious garlic flavour to them.

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Introducing The Eseential Turkish Cuisine

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I grew up in a small seaside town in East Yorkshire. It often felt like I was drowning in the same old things……A large amount of retirement homes for the over 50’s….lots of fish and chip shops and even more kebab shops. Their was no prospects for my generation and any that wanted to make something out of their life ended up leaving long before they hit their mid 20’s.

I was one of the lucky ones that got out. Along with Dominic and our baby son (he is 15 now and nearly as tall as me) we tried out a few places and eventually settled and now call Portugal our home.

But whenever we go home (which I may add has been close to a decade now) we are always amazed by the Turkish kebab shops. They serve the same old food. Pizzas, doner kebabs and burgers. It always looks greasy and never any good for you.

I have had many trips to the Greek isles growing up and now eat Portuguese kebabs – none of which actually resemble what you get in the kebab houses of Britain. That is why when you mention kebabs people often associate them with fast food and being bad for you.

But via this Essential Turkish Cuisine cookbook, you will realise that in fact none of this is true. A real kofta kebab is one of the nicest kebabs you will ever make and it is totally healthy and comes completely oil free. You could also eat them on a regular basis if you wanted to lose weight.

Essential Turkish Cuisine Review

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Here are 10 reasons to buy The Essential Turkish Cuisine:

  1. Easy to follow and implement the recipes.
  2. Brilliant for giving you a full knowledge on Turkish food.
  3. Excellent value for money.
  4. Great starting point if you want to learn more about Mediterranean cooking.
  5. Lots of basic recipes that you can use as the bare bones of your cooking.
  6. Some delicious recipes that you will have heard of but never associated with Turkish cooking.
  7. Perfect for families.
  8. Great for adapting to cook in your modern day kitchen gadgets.
  9. Packed full of delicious family recipes that will inspire you.
  10. Ingredients mentioned in the recipes are very easy to source.

Our verdict – I feel like I have gone back to school, been to a six week cookery course and then came home feeling like I have learnt something new. And then I went straight into my kitchen to create something original using the course as the back bone.

We loved what it taught us about Turkish cuisine and how British takeaways can give it a bad name and there is a lot more to it than that.

It also gave me this tremendous passion for Turkish food that I never realised I had until now.

Overall – it is a brilliant starting point for learning a new cuisine. Turkish cuisine is one of the tastiest Mediterranean food types you will ever discover and this ebook will proudly have a place on your electronic device for whenever you want to enjoy something new and different.

Use it to teach your kids how to make meatball soup, to educate them about what a kebab actually stands for or if you are having a dinner party and you want a new type of food to present to your guests.

When we wrote this review and recipe it was after reading the Essential Turkish Cuisine and their leek koftas are the inspiration behind this recipe. So we hope you have enjoyed our recipe too!

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Samantha and Dominic

Dominic & Samantha Milner are the founders of They love cooking, blogging and being full time parents to their three food obsessed kids. They cook with their kitchen gadgets everyday and love sharing their homemade recipes. Their favourite foods include chocolate, air fryer burgers and macaroni cheese. You can learn more about them here or you can sign up for their free newsletter here.

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