The Los Angeles Kings seem to really enjoy celebrating Zach Bogosian when he comes to town. Los Angeles has a massive Armenian population (unlike Atlanta, where it's Zach, me, and some other dude) and digs reaching out to Armenians to recognize the fact that we do other things aside from have a big ass.
Note: this isn't all of us.
So, in honor of the Kings being extra special awesome, have some Armenian food. It's not all lamb and baklava. Mmm... baklava...
I lied. Here's some lamb.
Dabgvadz Keufteh (fried meat patties):
- 1lb lean lamb or beef, ground twice
- 1 medium onion, grated
- 2 thick slices white bread, trimmed of crusts, soaked in water, squeezed dry, and crumbled
- 1 egg or egg yolk
- 1/4 c. finely chopped parsley
- 2 tbs finely chopped mint leaves or 2 tsp crumbled dried mint
- 1 lg clove garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4c flour
- 1tsp olive oil
- 1 tbs butter
Combine all but the last three ingredients in a deep bowl and knead well until blended and smooth. With hands moistened in water, shape the mixture into flat round patties about 2 inches in diameter. Roll lightly in the flour.
In a heavy skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over moderate heat. Add the meat patties and fry until evenly browned on both sides, adding more butter if needed. Serve with a garlic yogurt sauce (mix 1 1/2 c unflavored yogurt that's been drained for 2 hours and 1 clove of garlic that's been pounded to a paste with salt and mint to taste).