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Kafta Batata.

Lebanese Meat Patties & Roasted Potatoes With Tomatoes & Onions.

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I absolutely love Lebanese food. In fact, it’s probably my all time favorite type of food. I have never really tried my hand at cooking anything Lebanese and usually just eat it at restaurants, so I wanted to give it a go at home. Kafta means meat patties and batata means potatoes… hence the name of this dish. This dish is the perfect comfort food and has simple, healthy ingredients. This dish is also naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. I served it with some simple herbed rice but you could eat with a side of veggies, salad or whatever you prefer. I’ll definitely be making this again soon!

Adapted from this recipe.

Serves ~6.

Ingredients:

Meat Patties~

  • 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large handful fresh curly parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Za’atar seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

Potatoes~

  • 5 small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced circularly
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Sauce~

  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • salt/black pepper
  • 1 large tomato, sliced circularly
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced

Begin by roasting the potatoes. Grease a large baking sheet with ~2 tbsp olive oil and line the sliced potatoes onto the sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned, and then flip them and bake for another 10 minutes.

While the potatoes are roasting, combine the ground beef in a large mixing bowl with the parsley, diced onion, Za’atar seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix well and form into roughly 6 small patties. Heat 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan on the stove and cook the patties for about 2 minutes per side or until lightly browned. This will only be to cook them about halfway. After they’re browned, place them into a large baking dish.

To make the sauce, bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot on the stove the and stir in the tomato paste and season with a dash of salt/black pepper. Reduce the heat and allow this to simmer for about 15 minutes.

Once the potatoes are cooked, layer them on top of the meat patties in the baking dish along with the sliced tomatoes and sliced onion. Pour the sauce over top into the baking dish. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes aluminum foil covering the baking dish. Serve your choice of side.

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