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April 8, 2020

Baked Kafta with Potatoes (Kafta Bi-Siniyeh)


Recipe Provided By
"Cossette's Kitchen"
Prep Time

30 min

Cook Time

60 min

Total Time

1hr 30min



lamb loin chops with cucumber mint salad and sweet and smoky tahini



  • 2 pounds ground American lamb
  • 1 cup diced onion, (about 1 medium sized onion)
  • 1 cup diced tomato, (about 2 medium-sized)
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, (about 1/2 a bunch)
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice , (can sub 7 spice or all spice *)
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt (reduce to 1 teaspoon for table salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 12 completed kafta patties (recipe above)
  • about 2 pounds potatoes – mini-Yukon gold or traditional Idaho*
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 large tomatoes, thick sliced (additional cherry tomatoes – optional)*
  • 1 large onion, thick sliced
  • 2- 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice – can sub 7 spice or all spice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1.5 teaspoon kosher salt (reduce to 3/4 teaspoon table salt) adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper



Combine all your kafta patty ingredients into a bowl and using clean hands mix well.

Form your patties about 3″ wide and 1″ thick, should yield 12 patties total with 2 pounds of American lamb.

Place your patties on a tray and place under broiler (high) for 5-7 minutes, remove and flip, broil for another 5-7 minutes. Set aside.


If using 1-2″ Yukon gold potatoes (as shown), place on tray drizzle with olive oil and broil just like kafta patties. After 5-7 minutes, shake on tray and roast for another 5-7 minutes

If using traditional Idaho potatoes, peel and cut potatoes into 3/4″ thick slices. Drizzle olive oil on tray and lay potato pieces flat, broil. Flip after 5-7 minutes and broil backside.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Once you have your kafta patties and potatoes broiled, you can begin assembling your kafta tray.

Place your kafta and potatoes on a large tray, mine is 14″ round. If using potato slices, wedge between your kafta.

Next, top each kafta with a tomato slice and finally an onion slice.

To make the sauce, boil 2.5 cups of water (I use the microwave), then add your tomato paste and final spices. You can adjust salt to taste. Pour over your kafta tray.

Cover your tray with foil and bake in a 400 degrees F oven for 60 minutes

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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