Köfte with veg + potatoes

Another one from my Father, which he always cooked in a particular large shallow metal dish. Absolute comfort food for me, but good enough to serve for others. Serves 4.


For the köfte:

500g beef mince

A handful of fine breadcrumbs

1 large onion, grated

1 tsp cumin

A handful of chopped parsley

Salt & pepper

5 tbsp plain flour

Olive oil for frying

For the vegetables:

1 onion, chopped

1 courgette, chopped into pea sized pieces

1 red pepper, chopped into pea sized pieces

A scattering of frozen peas

1 x 400g tinned chopped tomatoes

6 medium potatoes (ish)


  1. Heat oven to 180C.
  2. Put all of the köfte ingredients (bar the flour & oil) into a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands to combine, shape into approx 6cm diameter patties.
  3. Spread the flour on a plate and roll/flip the köfte until covered evenly.
  4. Heat a tbsp or 2 of olive oil in a pan and fry the köfte lightly until browned, but they don’t need to cook through at this point. Remove to a plate.
  5. In that same pan, fry the onion until soft, then add the courgette & pepper and continue to fry until cooked. Season.
  6. Throw in the peas & tinned toms, adding a slurp of water if it seems very thick. Give it a stir.
  7. Place the köfte in an ovenproof dish, cover with the vegetables, then slice the potatoes into 5mm thick pieces, lengthwise, and layer on top (see photo below).
  8. Season well, then bake for 40 minutes or so until the potatoes are tender.

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