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Kafta bil Sanieh, a Lebanese casserole made with Lebanese meat patties, potatoes, onions and tomato slices that are layered and baked in a thick tomato sauce.
What is Kafta bil Sanieh?
Kafta is the Lebanese version of meatballs, made with a very simple mix of ground meat, — usually beef, lamb, or a combination of both — Middle Eastern spices, finely chopped onions and parsley. Kafta bil sanieh, translates to “kafta in a tray” in Arabic. It is basically the baked version of kafta kabob and my Kafta stew dish and it’s best enjoyed with Lebanese rice. If you have any kafta leftover, be sure to check out my Arayes Kafta recipe!
What You’ll Need to Make Kafta Bil Sanieh:
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- Ground beef
- Tomato paste
- Tomato sauce
- Olive oil
- Middle Eastern spices: all spice, cinnamon, black pepper
How to Make Kafta bil Sanieh- Baked Kafta:
Prepare and bake the potatoes:
- Preheat oven to 400 F and grease a baking sheet with cooking spay.
- Wash, peel and slice potatoes into 1/4 inch round slices.
- Arrange potato slices on baking sheet and drizzle with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Bake until just tender but not all the way cooked through. About 20 mins, flipping half way through.
- Set aside.
Prepare kafta pattties:
- In a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, add parsley, onion, salt and pulse until finely minced.
- Transfer to a large mixing bowl, add the beef and spices and mix well by hand until incorporated.
- Heap 1-2 tablespoons of the kafta mixture and shape into a patty. Since we’re not precooking the kafta, make sure they are not too thick so they cook through.
- Repeat for the rest of the kafta mixture, arrange on a plate and set aside.
Prepare the other veggies:
- Slice the tomatoes and onion into round slices and set aside.
Assemble the Kafta casserole dish.
- Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a baking dish with cooking spray.
- In the prepared baking dish, layer the kafta patties, tomatoes and potatoes vertically. My layout was: one kafta patty, followed by one onion slice, two potato slices then a tomato slice and so on.
- In a measuring measuring cup, thin tomato paste with 1 cup of water.
- Pour thinned tomato paste all over the assembled kafta casserole. Also pour the tomato sauce, making sure all the veggies and kafta are coated.
- Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 40-60 minutes, or until potato is soft and kafta is cooked through.
- With Lebanese rice if you’d like and enjoy!