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

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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! 

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Kofta Hotdish

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Author: Food Dolls
A Middle Eastern Kofta recipe combined with a 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 11×7 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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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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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