Sometimes you just don’t know what to cook, but you’re looking for something hearty and filling…cereal is definitely not going to do that, and neither is a sandwich…but this recipe definitely can. It’s called kefta bil sanieh, which technically translates to ground meat in a pan, but it is sort of a layered casserole. The video for this recipe is up on my youtube, but the written recipe is not up on my site yet, so here it is:

1lb ground beef (you can use ground lamb or ground chicken instead if you prefer)

1 cup yellow or white onion finely minced

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

5 large potatoes peeled

2 TB olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 16oz can plain tomato sauce

2 TB tomato paste

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 TB sugar

4 cups water

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. So first what you want to do is to mix the beef, onion, salt, and pepper, then flatten in out in a large deep casserole dish. Place that in the oven for 15 minutes. Next, toss the potatoes with the olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt, lay them flat on a baking sheet and place them in the oven for 15 minutes as well. I usually put the casserole dish and baking pan in the oven at the same time. In a large pot, add the tomato sauce, paste, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, and water and bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat. E0447865-644F-4D82-93E7-5348FECB4875 (1)

Sometimes when I think the ground meet layer is to thick, I’ll ball up the left over meat into fingerlike shapes and add it to the pan. Essentially, you can shape all of the meat to balls, or fingers, or leave it flat, I’ve seen it done all 3 ways. Now it’s time to assemble the dish, add the potatoes on top of the meat, then pour the sauce evenly over the entire dish. For added flavor and design, you can thinly slice some tomatoes and add that on top as well. Place the casserole dish in the oven and let that bake for another 20 minutes so that all the flavors can merrily mend.

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Serve with my vermicelli rice and a side of Greek yogurt and you’re done!

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It’s a simple and easy recipe, my kids and husband love it and it’s so simple to make!