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Kefta de Mame to kick off your family recipes

Kefta de Mame to kick off your family recipes

The Petrossian family would like to offer you a page from its most personal recipe book! Take a seat at our table and try some of our traditional Russian-Armenian recipes, passed down from generation to generation. No caviar, nor any best-sellers here, just flavoursome authentic dishes packed with history to share. Today I’m presenting “Les Kefta de Mame”, my grandmother’s meat patties.


Les Kefta de Mame


Preparation: 10 minutes • Cooking: 10 minutes

Serves 6

  • 500 g minced beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 125 g breadcrumbs + 50g in which to roll the patties
  • 150 g water
  • 1 large onion very finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • Plain flour in which to roll the patties



  1. Allow the breadcrumbs to expand in water.
  2. Mix all the ingredients. Form small patties.
  3. Roll the patties in the remaining breadcrumbs, and then in the flour.
  4. Heat enough oil to reach halfway up the patties and fry for 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Serve with a yoghurt or tomato-based sauce.



Photographs : Marine de la Bretèche, Mikael Petrossian

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