Meatball and Vegetable Casserole from Izmir / İzmir Köfte Recipe

Izmir KofteI am not from Izmir and Izmir ladies are good cooks, but I had to add this recipe of Meat Ball and Vegetable Casserole from Izmir / İzmir Köfte to my blog as it a very delicious one, I hope they don’t mind and bombard me with their own versions of Izmir Kofte.  Another version of Izmir Kofte requires the meatballs and vegetables to be cooked before hand, this recipe cooks everything only in the oven and no cooking before that. This is why it is also called Çiğden İzmir Köfte – that is Izmir Meat Balls from Raw.

I have already written a lot about how to make delicious meatballs, in the home style meatballs recipe. So all the tips I have given there are also valid for the meatballs to be used in this recipe. Knead a lot, rest in fridge, knead again and then shape the meatballs.

Meat ball knead

Slice the potatoes thin or else they might not cook as well as you expect them to. However if you want to make sure that they are well done, you can boil them slightly before adding to the oven tray.

Kofte Meatball in Oven

When preparing to go into the oven place them closely to obtain a nice shape. Because the meatballs aren’t cooked separetly some parts might look too pink and make you think that they are not cooked enough, don’t worry this is how they are supposed to look. They will taste good anyway.

Izmir Kofte

Serve as a main dish, a nice eggplant salad and a rice pilaf will be perfect companion to this dish.  Enjoy.

Meatball and Vegetable Casserole from Izmir / Firinda Izmir Kofte
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A delicious whole meal with meat balls, tomato, potato and peppers. This dish attributed to the beautiful city of Izmir but loved by everyone throughout Turkey. It can be prepared for guests as well as for the household.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Meatball and Vegetable Casserole from Izmir / Firinda Izmir Kofte
Print Recipe
A delicious whole meal with meat balls, tomato, potato and peppers. This dish attributed to the beautiful city of Izmir but loved by everyone throughout Turkey. It can be prepared for guests as well as for the household.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Meat Balls
Vegetables
Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
Meatball
  1. Choose meat that is from the plate of beef and if possible have it minced twice. If not you can use your food processor to have it minced twice.
  2. Place the meat and all the other meatball ingredients in a bowl and knead with your hands for at least 10 minutes to have all the material well combined.
  3. Rest in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  4. When time is out, take the loaf outside and knead for another 5 more minutes then start shaping.
  5. Take walnut sized pieces and roll in your hand and make the shape as desired. Traditionally the shape is oval and flat to make it cook for sure.
Vegetables
  1. Peel the tomatoes and slice them like large dices.
  2. Peel the potatoes and slice them like thin large dices.
  3. Cut the peppers vertically. Take out and discard the seeds. Then cut again to be similar length with potatoes.
Sauce
  1. Add all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
Combining and cooking
  1. Take an oven dish and place a meat ball and a potato and again a meat ball and potato until all of them are finished.
  2. On top of the potatoes place the peppers. Make sure that the shiny parts are facing down so they don't get burnt.
  3. On top place the tomato slices.
  4. And finally pour the sauce evenly all around.
  5. Cook for about 45-50 minutes at 200 celcius degrees.
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