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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.


  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


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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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Grilled Turkish Meatball (Akcaabat Kofte)


Meatball is one of the traditional culinary culture of Turkish cuisine. Being Turkish, I cannot  deny how important grilling and meat in our culture.  This “Akcaabat” meatball is one of the famous type of meatball recipes.  These small meatballs are both healthy and delicious, because they are cooked with spices. They are cooked on the grill and served hot. I made these balls for my friends yesterday and they loved them. So, I thought that I should share the recipe. Also, I strongly recommend that you should sprinkle some oregano and chili pepper on meatballs. You can serve them with grilled tomato, green pepper, onion, eggplant, and mushroom. Although they are called as a meat”ball”, Turkish meatballs’ shape are not like a ball. LOL!! Here is the simple recipe that you can easily prepare in just minutes. 😉


  • 1pound Lamb, minced, preferably with some fat
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp black pepper
  • 1-1/2 minced garlic
  • 75gr crushed rusk


In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients and then form into round, slightly flat 2-inch meatballs and place onto the grill.