Monday, August 30, 2010

Nesibe - Hasan Pasa Koftesi


·         2 lb Ground Beef
·         1 Yellow Onion, finely minced
·         2 Tbsp Flour
·         Salt (1tsp or so)
·         1 tsp Black Pepper
Mashed Potato
·         2 Medium Sized Boiled Potatoes
·         1 Tbsp Butter
·         ½ tsp Salt
·         Enough Milk
·         ¼ cup Butter
·         2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
·         ½ Tbsp Pepper Paste (I use it but it's optional. Available at wholesome choice)
·         3 Cups Boiling Water
·         Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Combine all Meatball ingredients together. Mix well and roll the meat into ping pong ball sized balls. Then shape them into cups and place them in a greased baking dish. Bake in oven for about 15-20 minutes.

In the meantime prepare the mashed potato filling. Mash all mashed potato ingredients together. Add enough milk to easily fill the baked meatballs.

Once the meat "cups" are cooked, remove from oven and using a tsp fill the cups with the mashed potato. I like to over stuff them.

Sprinkle the tops with shredded mozzarella cheese. (If you want to be more authentic for the cheese, you have to find "kasar peyniri") Set aside.

Finally prepare the sauce. In a saucepan melt the butter while stirring constantly until it becomes clear. Add the tomato and pepper paste and stir for about a minute. Add the boiling water and salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Using a spoon, pour some sauce over each meatball. Pour the remainder of the sauce in the bottom of the dish.

Bake in 400 degree oven until the top of the potatoes becomes golden.


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