Kabob Tabei or as my Mom would call it Kabob to Fer which means kabob in the oven,it’s basically Kabob Koobideh baked in the oven or in a pan. It’s a Persian classic and it flys under the radar because you typically can’t find this in any restaurant, you basically need a Persian parent to prepare this for you.
Growing up as a kid this was one of my favorite weeknight go-to’s that my Mom would make for me when I was being a little pain in the ass. I’d saunter downstairs after having played hours of Sega Genesis with my equally chubby brother, and I’d say in my whiniest of voices, “Mom I’m hungryyyyyyyyy.”
Nothing shuts a chubby pre-teen’s mouth quicker than a plate full of delicious rice and ground beef.
This dish is so simple to make, all you need is high quality ground beef (or lamb) and a onion. You can think of it as a Iranian version of meatloaf. Take your ground beef, shred an onion and mix it with a blend of cumin, coriander, turmeric,and salt & pepper. From there you just bake it in the oven in a greased pan (best is a cast iron) and you should serve it with some good lavash bread or fluffy basmati rice. It’s Persian comfort food at its finest.
Recipe – Kabob Tabei
9-Inch Cast Iron Pan
1lb Ground Beef
1/2 Cup Shredded Onion (Squeeze out the juice)
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Pepper
1 Tsp. Cumin
1 Tsp. Coriander
1 Tsp. Sumac
1/4 Tsp. Turmeric
1 Tbsp. Butter
2 Tbsp. Saffron Water
Step 1- Mix together the shredded onion, spices, and ground beef.
Step 2- Grease an oven safe pan with your butter.
Step 3- Press the beef into the pan.
Step 4- Bake in the oven at 350F for about 30 minutes, brush the top with saffron water.
Step 5- As the beef bakes, near the end switch to broil so the top of your beef caramelizes.
Step 6- Serve with yummy basmati rice and enjoy!