Almost Turkish Recipes

Potato Casserole (Patates Oturtma)

My parents and my aunt are here visiting. Among other things, they're cooking. The potato casserole is tonight's dinner and the recipe is from my aunt. I'll try to get as many recipes as possible while they're here and post them. Bon appétit!

2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch rounds
2 medium onions, chopped
1/2 pound ground meat
2 carrots, cut in rounds
2-3 banana peppers or 1 green bell pepper, chopped finely
1 clove of garlic, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
1/2 cup (or less) olive oil
salt and pepper

-Mix potato slices with salt and 2 tbsp olive oil and place them on a big oven dish and bake at 350 F until they darken to slightly brown.
-Heat the rest of the oil in a big frying pan. Stir onions and garlic until soft.
-Add peppers and carrots. Stir until cooked.
-Add ground meat. Stir until ground meat is cooked.
-Add tomato paste, salt, and black pepper. Stir for 5 minutes, pour in 1 to 1 1/2 cup of water and cook for another 5 minutes.
-In a oven dish put one layer of potatoes. Cover them with ground meat mix. On top put another layer of potatoes and again another layer of ground mix. Repeat this layering until everything is finished.
-Bake it in the preheated oven at 350 F for 15-25 minutes.
-Sprinkle parsley on top before you serve.


  1. Burcu, what a great recipe! Enjoy your time with your family!

  2. Burcu, I really love your website.. Ive made quite a few of your recipes and the thing i love most is they are so easy to follow. also i love that you put a lot of home cooking meals on your website.. most days of the week i am scouring your website for something knew to make .. if you have anymore really simple but nice & easy recipes please add them :) - melissa

  3. This was a big hit in my home. My Turkish husband approved. If possible, I highly suggest using lamb meat, the flavor is incredible. Thank you for sharing. :)