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Kofta Hotdish

We love making mashups. This combines the flavors of Middle Eastern Kofta with a Minnesota Hotdish!

A hotdish is a popular Midwestern casserole dish. Usually it’s an anything in one-dish kind of meal, it’s traditional to Minnesota and North Dakota.

How does this turn into a Kofta recipe? Simple. The ground beef  is seasoned with kofta spices. This is the base of this hotdish. If you’re wondering what kofta is, it’s a  Middle Eastern grilled meat. It can be a mix of ground beef, and lamb and shaped into balls or on longer skewers.

We used ButcherBox ground beef, we love that it’s 100% grass-fed & pasture raised with no antibiotics or hormones added! 

ButcherBox is a meal subscription service that delivers the highest quality meats right to your door. You can choose from 4 curated boxes, or create your own. Click on this link to receive 2 lbs of ground beef for the lifetime of your subscription! 

Kofta Hotdish

A Middle Eastern Kofta recipe combined with a Minnesota hotdish!
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: arab food, middle eastern, midwestern, minnesotan
Keyword: hotdish, how to make kofta, kofta, kofta recipe, midwest hot dish, minnesota hotdish


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp se7en spice see notes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 small diced red onion
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 28 oz frozen mini tater tots
  • feta cheese, prepared tahini, red pepper or tomatoes, and flat leaf parsley for garnish


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp water


  • In a pan on medium high heat add ground beef. Brown until no longer pink, drain the fat.
  • Add onion, green pepper, garlic, garam masala, seven spice, salt, and pepper. Sautè for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add tomato paste and water. Stir together until the tomato paste is combined into the beef. Toss in the parsley and cilantro.
  • preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a 11x7 oval baking dish add ground beef mixture. Top with frozen tater tots. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the tater tots are nice and crispy.
  • Garnish with feta cheese crumbles, tahini, and flat leaf parsley.


  • Mix all the ingredients together. If you feel that it is too thick, add a splash of water and mix until your desired consistency. It should be similar to a dressing. Taste and adjust the seasoning.



How to make Se7en Spice:
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp all spice
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp black pepper

Tahini is a popular “dressing” across the Middle East. It is just ground sesame seeds. We like to call it the peanut butter of the Middle East 🙂

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Meet the Food Dolls, Alia and Radwa!

We are Alia and Radwa, two Minnesota moms who absolutely love to cook and experiment in our kitchens. Even though we grew up loving our mom’s Egyptian cooking and learning to bake, we didn’t start cooking until later on in our lives. It is our hope that Food Dolls will be your go-to hub for delicious, easy recipes that empower you to feel comfortable and confident in the kitchen regardless of how much experience you have. You and your family deserve to have decadent, scrumptious meals that don’t break the bank or fill your kitchen sink to the brim!


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