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SPICY KOFTA CASSEROLE

January 6, 2018

Kofta is a staple in Middle Eastern households. There are so many ways to make it, different versions using different ingredients. They are like meatballs but with so much more flavor. This version of Kofta is a spicy casserole that can be eaten as is, by dipping the pita into it, or you can make a sandwich and enjoy. There's so much flavor in each of these meatballs and vegetables. You'll be sure to love it!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Ground Beef

  • 1 Onion

  • 1/2 cup parsley

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon Baharat or all spice

  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin 

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon Salt

  • 2 tablespoons Pomegranate molasses

  • 2 onions, sliced into crescents

  • 3 Roma Tomatoes,  cut into eights

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 red pepper, diced

  • 2 Serranos or Jalapeños, sliced lengthwise in half

  • 20 garlic cloves 

  • 5 potatoes, sliced into discs

  • 1 teaspoon Red pepper 

  • 1 tablespoon Baharat or all-spice 

  • 1/2 cup Olive oil

  • 1/2 cup Mazola or vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons Salt

  • 4 tablespoons Tomato paste

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. In a food processor, puree the 1 onion and parsley together.

  3. In a bowl, add ground beef, pureed onion and parsley, black pepper, cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of baharat or all-spice, cardamom powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper, 1 tablespoon salt, and pomegranate molasses. Mix these ingredients by hand, make sure all is well combined. Set bowl aside.

  4. In a casserole dish, add the sliced onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeño, garlic cloves and potatoes.

  5. In the food processor again, add red pepper, bahamas or all-spice, oils, salt and tomato paste and blend together. Pour this over the vegetables in the casserole dish saving 3 tablespoons of the mix.

  6. Form 1 inch meatballs from the meat mixture and place on top of the vegetables. 

  7. Pour remaining sauce over the meat.

  8. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place in oven. Cook for 1 1/2 hours. 

  9. Remove and serve hot with pita bread. 

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #EATDRINKPLAYLA. I'd love to see how yours turned out!

 

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