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!

Prepared Potato Casserole ready to be served

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?

Skillet containing Egyptian Potato Casserole garnished with fresh parsley

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.

Potato Casserole served on a plate with rice and vegetables

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.

Close-up of Egyptian Potato Casserole served with vegetables and rice

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Easy Potato Casserole Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. An all-star potato casserole with an Egyptian twist. Healthier, gluten free, and dairy free potato casserole with carrots, green peppers and a secret sauce. The flavor combination will surprise you in a good way. Recipe from TheMediterraneanDish.com #potatoes #potatorecipe #mediterraneandiet #potatocasserole #glutenfreerecipe #dairyfree

Easy Potato Casserole Recipe, Egyptian Style


Description

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.


Ingredients

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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 ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 ½ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp sweet Spanish paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 28-oz can peeled tomato
  • ½ cup water

For Potatoes

  • 1 ½ 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
  • ¾ tsp allspice
  • ¾ tsp coriander
  • Water
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. To make the meat sauce, in a large non-stick skillet, heat 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Add chopped onions and cook, tossing regularly, till translucent. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ¾ cup water, then top with the meat sauce.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Notes

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Egyptian

Keywords: Potato Casserole, Egyptian Casserole, Egyptian Potato Casserole

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Easy Potato Casserole Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. An all-star potato casserole with an Egyptian twist. Healthier, gluten free, and dairy free potato casserole with carrots, green peppers and a secret sauce. The flavor combination will surprise you in a good way. Recipe from TheMediterraneanDish.com #potatoes #potatorecipe #mediterraneandiet #potatocasserole #glutenfreerecipe #dairyfree

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  1. I love your site and all of your Social Media. You have alot of GO TO recipes that are always DELICIOUS and Healthy, just how I like my food. I made this dish today for the first time and once again, another Delicious dish, amazing flavors and so hearty. We all loved this for dinner and I cannot wait for the leftovers tomorrow....xoxo
    Thank you,
    Healthy Eating in Vegas 🙂

  2. Made this for dinner this evening. Absolutely delicious. Took an dditional 20 mins to bake the potatoes through, but that have perfect amount if time to add roasted brocolli to go with it.! Thank you Suzy. I love your recipes

  3. My husband is from Jordan and he told me this meal reminded him of home, which I always consider to be his highest compliment. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us.

  4. Hi Suzy, made this tonight for dinner, lovely as always:) have made it a few times before. Tomorrow we are making Foul! 🙂 love the Egyptian recipes, please add more of them!

  5. I made this recipe last night - the flavours are great, but I agree with previous comments about the timing being off. The potatoes and carrots were not cooked through after 45 minutes in the oven. I would recommend boiling the potatoes and carrots for 10 minutes before putting in the baking dish. That's the only adjustment that needs to be made - otherwise, a good recipe!

  6. I Love this recipe! Easy and very tasty! I topped the dish with mint and feta before serving. And served it with brown Basmati rice. I will make this again!

  7. This makes an easy and hearty meal. Nothing fancy, but still tasty. The cooking time is off however. There is no way potato is going to cook in a casserole kind of thing at 375 F in 45 minutes.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Adam. That is indeed the time it took me, but ovens do vary (surprisingly a lot more than we think). 🙂

  8. Made this tonight for dinner and it was amazing. Very flavorful. Made the Lebenese rice to go with it. Delicious! Thank you Suzy for such amazing recipes. Keep them coming!

  9. This one is a keeper!! I tried it with turkey. Well it was okay. But Beef and Lamb!! its amazing! I love the colors and the spice went well together.

  10. Easy to prep, easy to cook, even easier to enjoy. This was a massive hit yesterday and we didn't even feel the need to add any sides, just delicious like a stew. I just saw another comment about subbing mushrooms for carrots and may do that next time. Thanks for including the nutrition information too!