Monday, November 14, 2011

My Aunt's Libyan Tatjeen Recipe

One the first day I arrived in Tripoli, Libya, my Aunt made this wonderful Tatjeen for us to enjoy. Tatjeen, pronounced (tat - jean) is very similar to lasagna except with potatoes instead of noodles. It has a unique blend of spices that also adds a nice dimension to the overall flavor of the dish.

This is a great recipe for family dinner or for entertaining a crowd. It is a nice twist on a typical lasagna and is so easy to make. I especially love to eat this in the winter time because it is such a hearty dish. It's the ultimate Libyan comfort food. You will be very happy with the results. 

My Aunt's Libyan Tatjeen Recipe

Peel and cut potatoes into thick slices, boil until cooked, crush, and spread in a "tajeen" (a baking tray).
 Fry thinly-chopped two onions until brown.
 Add the mince and cook for a few minutes, then add the crushed garlic and spice up with chili, turmeric, salt and curry powder, and stir and simmer until cooked. 
Remove and spread on a large plate and leave to cool. 
When all the ingredients are cold, add to the potatoes and mix in the beaten eggs and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
 Finally, take out from the oven, sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top and bake for 15 more minutes until the dish is covered with a light golden crust. Serve hot with crispy bread.

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