I was so taken by the all of the wonderful lamb kofta I tasted on my recent trip to Israel that I couldn’t wait to come home and recreate it — and, of course, share it with you. Kofta is a Middle Eastern dish made from ground lamb or beef mixed with aromatics like onions and spices. The mixture is shaped into balls, patties, or what have you, and then grilled and served with pita, salads, dips, and sauces. There are endless variations of kofta throughout the Middle East — in fact, I have a fantastic recipe for Persian beef kofta in my upcoming cookbook. In Jerusalem, I was lucky enough to learn how to make lamb kofta from a kebab maker in the Old City. His secret was to add minced vegetables, toasted nuts, herbs, and spices to the meat to give the kofta deep, complex flavor. Guys: this recipe will take your taste buds on an exotic Middle Eastern adventure. Forget boring grilled chicken and burgers — this is what you should be serving at your cookouts this summer.