Middle Eastern Baked Kufta
My blog’s two year anniversary was just the other day. Where does the time go? It makes me so happy to share a part of me with all of you. This recipe is influenced by my mama but has my special touches! You can say that Kufta is a staple in Middle Eastern households. It is made at least a few times a month in different forms. Sometimes grilled, sometimes baked with veggies or even in a tahini sauce. This recipe is really easy to put together and makes for a delicious meal with rice and salad. I promise this will be a recipe on rotation in your household!
Servings: approx. 20 kuftas
Total Time: approx. 1 hour 15 min
2 lbs of ground beef (85/15)
1 cup of parsley
2 garlic cloves
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 an onion
1/2 a red bell pepper
1-2 tbsp allspice or seven spice
In a food processor, blend the bell pepper, garlic, onion, and parsley until fine.
Add that mixture to the ground beef. Season generously with salt and pepper. Also, add the allspice and mix all together. Do not overwork the meat.
Take a handful of the meat and shape using the palm of your hands into what looks like a small chubby sausage! I think they look like mini footballs! You can shape them however you like though.
2 small potatoes cut into thin slices
1 onion cut into slices
1 bell pepper cut into slices
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp olive oil
2 halved garlic cloves
Salt & pepper to taste
In a bowl, mix together the olive oil, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. To that, mix in the veggies and toss. Let them get coated well with this mixture.
In the desired nonstick baking pan, stack the koftas with veggies in between. Top with some slices of bell pepper too.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake covered on 375 F for 45 minutes and 15 minutes uncovered. Enjoy with some bread or rice!
I love this recipe! Made this dish for Eid and my guest were blown away!
Now as a loyal follower of this website, I’m happy to report back that I have made this dish (and I also made basbooseh – So! Awesome!, Hummus, koosa w yogurt) twice and results have been fabulous and the taste just right!
Thank you Teacher Fufu for making these wonderful recipes available to those who did not grow up with this type of food but would love to try, learn, appreciate and share with our family and friends! Yours truly 🇨🇦
Fufu does it again!!!! The meat and potatoes were cooked to perfection. Sooooo moist :-*