Kuaisat is a special Syrian recipe that my mother taught me to make years ago. Essentially, Kuaisat is a meatball with a hardboiled egg surprise inside.
This recipe was taught to my mother by my paternal grandmother who is originally from Turkey. She was married to a Syrian and was living in Tel Aviv at the time. Ever since she learned this, my mom would make this recipe for our family. As kids, we always loved the surprise of the hardboiled egg inside the meatball. It has become a special meal that I have now passed down to my own children and we love to make this for our family around the holidays.
It’s delicious served alongside a salad and some rice but it also works as a sandwich if you put the meatballs between some slices of bread. It’s our little spin on the meatball sub!
- 1 1/2 lb. of ground beef
- 3 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
- 1 garlic clove peeled and minced
- 1 egg white
- 3 hard boiled eggs cut in ½
- 3 Tablespoons chopped parsley
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- ¼ cup Canola Oil for pan frying
- After cutting the hard-boiled eggs, set them aside.
- Place the beef and all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together by hand until they are well blended.
- Traditionally you can put one entire hard boiled egg inside the meatball but then they are very large so I cut the egg in half and make a smaller meatball.
- Take a ping pong size ball of meat into your hand roll it into a ball and flatten it on the palm of your hand.
- Place one piece of the egg in the center and roll it up, close the edges and form into a ball.
- Repeat the process with the rest of the meat and eggs.
- You should be able to make about 12 medium sized meatballs. Set aside in a large pan.
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat.
- When hot put in the meat balls and brown on all sides turning them gently, so they don’t fall apart. Keep cooking and turning until they are cooked through about 15 minutes.
- Set the meatballs on a serving platter. Serve with salad and rice or put it in bread to make a sandwich.