Some people say kafta, others say kofta… I guess this is similar to the “potato/pottato” debate. No matter how you spell it, kafta/kofta is a spiced meatball, patty or meatloaf dish in the Middle East. The literal translation of for Kafta Bil Souniyeh is “kafta in the pan.” Not very poetic, but informative. This dish is baked in the oven with thick tomato and potato slices in a rich tomato sauce. Arabs usually buy kofta meat at the butcher’s, but if you don’t have a Middle Eastern butcher near by, you can make your own; recipe below.

The What: 

The kafta meat (or just buy it):

  • 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon

The Sauce:

  • 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste in 1/4 cup hot water
  • Salt and pepper

The Veg:

  • 3 potatoes, peeled
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper

 

The How: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

If you are unable to find a butcher that will make you the kofta meat, just make it yourself. Place the onion in a blender and pulse until chopped into small pieces. Empty into a strainer and set aside.  Dry the blender with a paper towel and place the parsley in there and pulse a few times until chopped finely.  Add the onions back in, along with the ground beef, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Pulse everything together until all the ingredients are combined.

Make the sauce by emptying a can of diced tomatoes into a bowl. Using a fork, or your hands, crush the tomato dices a little bit. Add the hot water. Dilute the tomato paste in a 1/4 cup of hot water and add that as well. Salt and pepper the sauce.

Peel and thickly slice the potatoes. Thickly slice the tomatoes, they will be spending 30 minutes in the oven, you don’t want them to disintegrate. Sprinkle the tomato and potato slices with salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Layer them in the bottom of the pan.

Make hamburger-sized circular patties with the kofta meet and place them on top of the tomatoes and potatoes in the pan.

Pour the sauce over everything, cover and bake for 35-40 minutes. If your pan doesn’t have a cover, simply cover with foil.

Eat with pita bread.

Check Out These Lebanese Dishes 👇

 

Lebanese Kafta bil Souniyeh (Baked Kafta)

Lebanese Kafta bil Souniyeh (Baked Kafta)

Some people say kafta, others say kofta... I guess this is similar to the "potato/pottato" debate. No matter how you spell it, kafta/kofta is a spiced meatball, patty or meatloaf dish in the Middle East. The literal translation for this dish is "kafta in the pan." Not very poetic, but informative. This dish is baked in the oven with thick tomato and potato slices in a rich tomato sauce. Arabs usually buy kofta meat at the butcher's, but if you don't have a Middle Eastern butcher near by, you can make your own; recipe below.

Ingredients

  • The kafta meat (or just buy it):
  • 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • The Sauce:
  • 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste in 1/4 cup hot water
  • Salt and pepper
  • The Veg:
  • 3 potatoes, peeled
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. If you are unable to find a butcher that will make you the kofta meat, just make it yourself. Place the onion in a blender and pulse until chopped into small pieces. Empty into a strainer and set aside.  Dry the blender with a paper towel and place the parsley in there and pulse a few times until chopped finely.  Add the onions back in, along with the ground beef, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Pulse everything together until all the ingredients are combined.
  3. Make the sauce by emptying a can of diced tomatoes into a bowl. Using a fork, or your hands, crush the tomato dices a little bit. Add the hot water. Dilute the tomato paste in a 1/4 cup of hot water and add that as well. Salt and pepper the sauce.
  4. Peel and thickly slice the potatoes. Thickly slice the tomatoes, they will be spending 30 minutes in the oven, you don't want them to disintegrate.
  5. Sprinkle the tomato and potato slices with salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Layer them in the bottom of the pan.
  6. Make hamburger-sized circular patties with the kofta meet and place them on top of the tomatoes and potatoes in the pan.
  7. Pour the sauce over everything, cover and bake for 35-40 minutes. If your pan doesn't have a cover, simply cover with foil.
  8. Eat with pita bread.
http://www.foodosopher.com/kafta/