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Bites Fil Beit: Kofta be salset tamatem – Meatloaf with tomato sauce

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We love food. We love the real, down to earth, tried-and-tested, handed-down-through-the-generations, local Egyptian food. Here is your chance to learn how to make these local delicacies in your own home. And just so you know what to ask for, we have added how to say the ingredients in Arabic. No more excuses, off to the souq!

Bites Fil BeitIngredients

  • 1/2 kg minced meat – lah-ma maf-roo-ma
  • 1 red pepper, diced – fel-fel ah-mar
  • 1 large onion, chopped – ba-sal
  • 1 egg, beaten – beid
  • 1/2 cup milk – la-ban
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped – ba’-doo-nis
  • 1/4 cup barbeque sauce – sal-set bar-be-que
  • 2 tomatoes, diced – ta-ma-tem
  • 1 baguette, inside only – ‘eysh ba-get
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped – ree-han
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes – ta-ma-tem so-ra-ya-ra
  • 1 tbsp olive oil – zeit za-toon
  • salt and pepper – malh and fel-fel

 

Directions

  • Pour the milk in a bowl and add soft bread from inside the baguette. Soak the bread for 2 minutes then squeeze it to get rid of the excess milk.
  • Add the minced meat, bread, onion, pepper, tomatoes, parsley, egg and barbeque sauce to a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Stir until mixed well.
  • Heat the oven to 200C. Cover a rectangular cake pan with baking paper and coat with oil. Add the minced meat mix and press to flatten surface. Cover with aluminium foil.
  • Place the cake pan in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes until brown. Leave to set for 10 min.
  • Heat the olive oil in a small skillet. Add the cherry tomatoes and basil and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the meatloaf from the pan and place on serving plate and top with the cherry tomato and basil sauce.

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