A potato casserole recipe with an Egyptian twist. Healthier than your average potato casserole, but every bit as satisfying. The secret is in the sauce!
The goal of a potato casserole is always comfort, am I right?
My guess is, when we think “comforting potato casserole,” the majority of us living here in the States, envision something different. Maybe a creamy potato casserole. Maybe something cheesy. Or something adorned with bacon bits, perhaps?
But, this healthier Mediterranean version of a potato casserole–more accurately, Egyptian version–manages to provide all the comfort with fewer calories.
This Egyptian-style potato casserole is a riff of one from my childhood. Here, naturally creamy gold potatoes are combined with sweet carrots and bell peppers. A hearty spiced meat sauce–made with lean beef or turkey–tops the potato casserole. No butter, cream, or cheese in this simple potato casserole recipe, but it’s every bit as satisfying. And the flavor combination will surprise you…in a good way.
What to serve with this potato casserole?
My favorite way to serve these potatoes is in bowls on a bed of Lebanese rice or warmed pita bread to sop up all the goodness. You can do brown rice or couscous, if you like. The start of our meal is always some some sort of salad. Here are a few ideas: 3-ingredient Mediterranean salad; Greek salad; Fattoush salad; or Balela Salad.
This potato casserole recipe comes with a bit of an Egyptian twist. Potato wedges are combined with carrots and bell peppers, then topped with a spiced meat sauce. We use lean ground beef or ground turkey here.
For Meat Sauce
- 2 tbsp Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb lean organic ground beef (or ground Turkey, if you prefer)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp sweet Spanish paprika
- Salt and pepper
- 1 28-oz can peeled tomato
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 lb gold potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
- 3 large carrots, peeled, halved length-wise, then cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 green bell pepper, cored and sliced into wide strips
- Salt and pepper
- 3/4 tsp allspice
- 3/4 tsp coriander
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- To make the meat sauce, in a large non-stick skillet, heat 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Add chopped onions and cook, tossing regularly, till translucent. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so.
- Add the ground meat (lean beef or turkey), break it up using a wooden spoon. Season with spices, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring regularly, until fully browned. Now add the peeled tomatoes and water. Using your wooden spoon, smash or break up the tomatoes a bit. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover and let the meat sauce simmer for 10 minutes. Check to see if you might like to add a little more water. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.
- In a 9″ x 13″ baking pan like this one, arrange the potato wedges, carrots, and bell peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle allspice and coriander. Toss to combine. Add about 3/4 cup water, then top with the meat sauce.
- Cover the baking pan with foil and bake in heated oven for 30 minutes or so. Uncover and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove from oven and top with fresh chopped parsley.
- To serve, add a side of Lebanese rice, if you like. A fresh salad such as this Mediterranean salad, Greek Salad, or Fattoush is a good start to this hearty meal.
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