Kafta in a tray - kafta bel sanniyeh

This is yet another wonderful dish from the Lebanese cuisine. Weeks ago, I posted the kafta kebabs recipe, today I will introduce you kafta in a tray, known in Lebanon as 'kafta bel sanniyeh'. The dish consists of kafta patties with rounds of potatoes, onions, and tomatoes baked in a tomato sauce. Slices of green peppers are also an optional topping. In Lebanon, mom used to buy premixed kafta at her Lebanese butcher, and I have always loved this dish. Here, it's not easy to find a Lebanese butcher where you can buy your premixed kafta, this is why I learned how to do it now I can make my favorite dish, 'kafta bel sanniyeh'.

Ingredients (serves 4):
For the kafta patties:
1 lb (500g) lean minced beef
1 small onion, grated
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
5 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp allspice

3 medium potatoes, cut into round slices
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into rings
1 medium onion, round sliced
2 medium tomatoes, round sliced
2 cups water
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ teaspoon white ground pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Make the kafta patties by combining meat, chopped onion, black pepper, cinnamon powder, allspice and parsley in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and mix well. Refrigerate for about 30 mn. Divide the mixture into 12 meatballs. Flatten meatballs to form patties. Arrange in a greased baking dish.

Arrange potato slices on top of the meat patties then the onions, bell pepper rings and tomatoes slices.
In a large bowl, put water, tomato paste, white pepper, cinnamon powder and salt. Mix then pour sauce into the baking dish and cover with foil. Bake in a 200˚C oven for 1 hour 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Kafta au four

Ingrediénts (4 personnes):
Pour les kafta:
500 g de viande finement hachée
1 oignon, finement haché
¼ càc de poivre noir
¼ càc de cannelle
5 càs de persil haché
1/2 càc quatre-épices
3 pommes de terre, coupées en rondelles
1 poivron vert, coupé en rondelles
1 oignon coupé en rondelles
2 tomates, coupées en rondelles
500 ml d'eau
2 càs de concentré de tomates
¼ càc de poivre blanc
¼ càc de cannelle

Préparez le kafta en mélangeant la viande, l'oignon haché, le poivre noir, la cannelle, les quatre-epices et le persil. Malaxez bien. Assaisonnez de sel et bien mélangez. Placez au frigo environ 30 mn. Puis divisez en 12 boulettes. Façonnez des rondelles de kefta comme des hamburgers. Disposez-les dans un plat au four.

Disposez les rondelles de pomme de terre dessus, puis les rondelles d'oignons, les rondelles de poivron et de tomates.
Dans un grand bol, versez l'eau, le concentré de tomates, le poivre blanc, la cannelle et le sel. Mélangez et versez cette sauce dans le plat au four. Couvrez avec du papier aluminium. Enfournez à 200ºC pendant 1hr 30 mn ou jusqu'à ce que les pommes de terre soient tendres.


  1. The color combo and the kafta looks terrific. I bet it tastes equally good if not more. Happy weekend dear!

  2. A very beautiful and satisfying dish.

  3. That looks really nice! I love the combination of the Kafta with the potato, bell pepper and tomato!

  4. That looks mighty good! A nice version. Very summery.



  5. Ha - I have a 'kafta with tahini' post all queued up but I've failed twice to make it look photogenic enough! You did a great job with this - also your presentation will remind people of hamburgers which is perfect for BBQ season since kafta does indeed makes great burgers. Maybe that should be my angle - kafta burgers with tahini? Stay tuned... ;-)

  6. Yum! What bold flavors and lovely presentation. I could definitely see putting this on a good quality roll for a Lebanese style burger. We Americans like to wrap everything in bread! A little sad, but true.

  7. Excellent presentation and the flavors look and sound perfect!

  8. hummm ça donne envie de déguster cette merveille! j'adore la présentation!

  9. This looks great but my favourite is Kafta bil Thineh. So creamy, full of flavour and moorish. But anythin with kafta is great! Simple and hits teh spot.

  10. That sounds wonderful ... the meat patties get a wonderful flavor from the vegetables piled on them and everything is cooked perfectly at once.

  11. Yum, I love the sound of this veggie topping! I just made some black bean burgers the other day, and I bet it would work beautiful on those, too. :)

  12. This looks tasty and so flavorful.

  13. Tu sais cette kafta faisait partie de mes plats d'enfance favoris!
    J'adore la présentation surtout des kaftas individuelles!

  14. Cherine, this was a lovely meal. I've made a copy of your recipes for kafta and plan to use it very soon. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  15. this dish gives me so many childhood memories! i love it, we eat it with rice + angel hair on the side :)

  16. where is this located?

  17. Cherine, the kafta look so yummie, what a nice meal :-)

  18. En fait les kaftas, ce sont des boulettes de viande? elles m'ont l'air si parfumées...bien délicieux tout ca!

  19. These are terrific little stacks, great combination!

  20. I love the combo and the presentation too!

  21. That looks really wonderful. I adore apple desserts, so I know I'll like this one. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  22. is the meat dry from such along cooking time or tender? id like to try this?ty mariam


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