Kiftet Batatta (Arabic Meatloaf with Potatoes)

Kifta is a staple meatloaf mixture that forms the basis for many Arabic main dishes, raw and cooked.

Course Main
Servings 6 people
Author Wardee Harmon


  • 3 medium to medium-large potatoes peeled and boiled, then sliced into 3/8” slices
  • 2 pounds ground lamb or ground beef
  • 1 onion diced finely
  • 1 cup fresh parsley finely chopped (or 1/3 cup dried)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 28- ounce can or jar tomato sauce
  • sea salt additional, to taste
  • ground black pepper additional, to taste
  • parsley additional, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine ground lamb or beef, onions, parsley, salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Top with sliced potatoes.
  4. To the tomatoes, add a pinch each of salt, pepper and fresh or dried parsley.
  5. Mix.
  6. Pour (most or all) over potatoes and lamb mixture.

  7. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until lamb is cooked.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.