Meatball and Vegetable Casserole-(Izmir Kofte)


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This is one of the famous dish which can be either cooked in the oven or on top of the stove. It is generally served with rice pilaf. This meatball recipe is different than Grilled Turkish Meatball recipe, because this time we add onion, egg and spices.

Ingredients:

  For the Meatballs:

  • 450 gr /1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 2 slices of stale bread, soaked in water and squeezed dry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 bunch finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

  For the casserole:

  • 1 lb medium potatoes, sliced
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 240 ml / 1 cup water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method:

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In a large bowl, mix all meatball ingredients and knead well till the mixture resembles a soft dough. With wet hands take a piece the size of a large walnut and roll into a large finger shape about 1 inch thick. Continue until all the mixture is used. Then create layers with the meatballs and the vegetables. (As you can see in the pictures I lightly fried potatoes but you don’t have to fry it.)

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In a small bowl, mix tomato paste, water and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Cover it with aluminum foil. Preheat the oven to 400F and bake it for about 30-35 minutes or until the potatoes are soft and the sauce has thickened.

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