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Qoftë is a traditional Albanian food but is also found all across Southeastern Europe and the Middle East, as far as India. You can eat it as a snack, with a salad, dipped in yogurt, with bread, or as a side during dinner. Meat-lovers simply must give these Albanian meatballs a try when exploring Albania.

As in other cultures, they are essentially meat mixed with a variety of spices. In Albania, they sometimes include additions like rice or bulgur.

Most often, we saw beef or lamb versions of qofta and even once came across vegetarian qofta made with potatoes, onions, peppers, and egg in place of the meat. One of  favorites variant  was qofta korca, a veal meatball dish topped with a tomato and onion sauce.