Kufta in Tahini Sauce with Efficiency Tricks

Kufta in Tahini Sauce (or kofta or kefta) is ground meat mixed with parsley, onions, garlic and spices! Topped with potatoes and Tahini Sauce it’s a Middle Eastern delight.  Kufta in Tahini Sauce (or kofta or kefta) is ground meat mixed with parsley, onions, garlic and spices! Topped with potatoes and Tahini Sauce it’s a Middle Eastern delight.

In my youth, I used to eat Middle Eastern a lot. It was a great way to go, when you were watching your pennies, but still wanted food that was high on flavor. 

I often ordered Kufta in Tahini Sauce, a seasoned ground meat dish topped with potato slices and tahini. Creamy, rich and comforting, I always had the version prepared with lamb, putting it on my “make someday” list. 

Kufta in Tahini Sauce (or kofta or kefta) is ground meat mixed with parsley, onions, garlic and spices! Topped with potatoes and Tahini Sauce it’s a Middle Eastern delight.

Kufta in Tahini Sauce

Happily, my Sunday blogging buddies decided to cook Middle Eastern this week! 

Unhappily, when I got ready to cook, I was out of ground lamb. And I almost abandoned my plans. Then I remembered my new philosophy: nothing matters if it makes something too hard to do. So I took out some ground beef.

Kufta in Tahini Sauce (or kofta or kefta) is ground meat mixed with parsley, onions, garlic and spices! Topped with potatoes and Tahini Sauce it’s a Middle Eastern delight.

A bite of Kufta!

In the end, the change of meat was no problem. The spices and tahini sauce provided the real character, not the specific meat. And the family gobbled it down. Yes!

Recipe Efficiencies

The recipe, based on one from the Foodtasia blog, tastes virtually identical to my earlier memories. Despite the fact it includes a few changes from tradition to make it more efficient. Hooray for the “not too hard” philosophy again. 

Mix seasoning and meat right in baking pan

Press in meat mixture and “dot” with depressions

The first change was to push the meat into a single big layer on the bottom of the pan versus creating individual sausages or skewers. Then I skipped pre-cooking my potatoes.

Top with potatoes

Pour Tahini Sauce over all

In the end, the potatoes were perfectly cooked and the Kufta in Tahini Sauce was, well… dangerously delicious!

Here’s to living in the real world!

Kufta in Tahini Sauce
Serves 8
Kufta in Tahini Sauce (or kofta or kefta) is ground meat mixed with parsley, onions, garlic and spices! Topped with potatoes and Tahini Sauce it’s a Middle Eastern delight.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
433 calories
38 g
39 g
24 g
20 g
6 g
314 g
696 g
4 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
314g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 433
Calories from Fat 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g
37%
Saturated Fat 6g
28%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 39mg
13%
Sodium 696mg
29%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 6g
22%
Sugars 4g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
38%
Calcium
22%
Iron
30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Ingredients
  2. • 1 lb ground beef or lamb
  3. • About 5 medium potatoes, cut in ¼ inch slices (no need to peel)
  4. • Optional Garnish: additional chopped parsley and/or 1-2 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts
Kufta seasoning mix
  1. • 1 medium onion
  2. • 1 medium tomato
  3. • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
  4. • ½ cup of fresh parsley leaves
  5. • Spice mix: ½ teaspoon paprika, ½ t allspice, ½ t coriander, 1/2 t pepper, 1/4 t cinnamon, ¼ t cumin, pinch cloves
  6. • 1 teaspoon salt
  7. • 1 slice bread, torn into pieces
Tahini Sauce
  1. • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  2. • 1 cups yogurt
  3. • 1 cup tahini
  4. • Juice from large lemon
  5. • 1 cup water
  6. • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine the Kufta seasoning ingredients in a food processor and process until finely minced. It will look surprisingly like meat when done.
  2. Put the seasoning mixture into a 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Add the ground beef and mix by hand to combine, right in the dish. Don't overwork.
  3. Press the Kufta into a flat, uniform layer in the baking pan. Make depressions in the Kufta mixture with your fingers.
  4. Put the baking pan into the preheated oven for about 7 minutes while you make the sauce. This will allow the meat to set slightly. Do not leave it in longer or the meat will be overcooked in the end.
  5. In a blender or food processor, combine the sauce ingredients and blend until smooth.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven. Top with sliced potatoes. Pour sauce over evenly to cover.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 40 minutes until the meat is cooked through and the sauce is bubbling and lightly browned.
  8. Serve warm, optionally with rice.
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calories
433
fat
24g
protein
20g
carbs
38g
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11 thoughts on “Kufta in Tahini Sauce with Efficiency Tricks

  1. David Scott Allen

    I can’t wait to try this, I can’t wait to try this, Inger. We both love Middle Eastern food, and I think this will be wonderful with either lamb or beef!We both love Middle Eastern food, and I think this will be wonderful with your peace!

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