This is my comfort food. Quick dish and so tasty. Can't decide what my favorite is. The potatoes, the tomatoes, the onion, or beef! Old Middle Eastern dish my mom makes when she wants something quick. Tahini sauce is to taste. If you like it lemony, add more lemon juice. Or if you like tahini, add more tahini. Serve with white rice.

najla

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Mix ground beef, onions, and parsley together in a large bowl. Mix allspice, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper together in a bowl; add to beef mixture and mix. Spread the meat mixture into a casserole dish in an even layer, but not all the way to the edges.

  • Arrange potato slices atop the beef mixture; season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Arrange tomato slices in a layer atop the potatoes; season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  • Pour 1/2 cup water around and over the layers of beef, potatoes, and tomatoes.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

  • Stir tahini and lemon juice together in a bowl until smooth. Slowly stream remaining 1 cup water into the tahini mixture until fully incorporated and smooth; pour over and around the layers of beef, potatoes, and tomatoes.

  • Continue baking until the beef is no longer pink in the center and the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

479 calories; protein 22.6g; carbohydrates 44.6g; fat 25.6g; cholesterol 47.3mg; sodium 681.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2015
The recipe fails to mention that you have to cover the casserole in order for it to cook properly. We covered it with tinfoil and poked holes for steam to escape, then baked for an extra hour at 450. Once properly cooked, it was delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2017
The flavor is very good, but getting the potatoes to be tender is a challenge. I added tin foil and an extra 30 minutes in the oven and the potatoes still were a tad too crisp. Perhaps using a larger casserole dish, and thinner layers? 4 potatoes may have been too many. I suggest 3. Still, flavor was spot on. Worth trying again if I can get a fix for the potatoes. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2015
The recipe fails to mention that you have to cover the casserole in order for it to cook properly. We covered it with tinfoil and poked holes for steam to escape, then baked for an extra hour at 450. Once properly cooked, it was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2017
The flavor is very good, but getting the potatoes to be tender is a challenge. I added tin foil and an extra 30 minutes in the oven and the potatoes still were a tad too crisp. Perhaps using a larger casserole dish, and thinner layers? 4 potatoes may have been too many. I suggest 3. Still, flavor was spot on. Worth trying again if I can get a fix for the potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2015
Be sure to cover with foil and next time I'll add another pound of ground beef. Other than that we really loved it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2016
I followed recipe pretty closely I did cover with foil and cooked 1 hr just like the recipe states my potatoes were cooked perfectly served it with rice. I wasn't keen on it sorry. Enjoyed trying it though. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/24/2016
Even after cooking it for 90 min my potatoes (even cut thin) still weren't quite done. Unusual flavor that only the adults in the house would ea. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/22/2019
Pretty dull. I d eliminate the water in the first 30 minutes and do half the tahini lemon water in the second 30 minute bake. Even slicing the potatoes super-thin they were undercooked. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2017
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Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2016
Like many other reviewers I ended up having to cover this up in foil to cook it properly. I may have to try this recipe again since I was unable to find regular tahini and ended up using tahini sauce from trader joe's. I have since found where the tahini at trader joe's was finding so I may have to return to this recipe. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/01/2020
I should have read the reviews before fixing this dish. I too had undercooked potatoes after an hour. Maybe partially cook the potatoes slices before building the casserole would be a solution. As for the taste, shredded cheese on top would have been better than Tahini. Save the Tahini for Hummus. Read More
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