Turkish Skillet Kebab with Charred Peppers and Tomatoes

4 Servings

40 minutes 20 minutes active

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We tried the regional Turkish specialty called tepsi kebabi (“tray kebab” is the English translation) in Antakya, located in the country’s southernmost province. Richly spiced ground meat is combined with onion, garlic, sweet peppers and tomato, then pressed into a tray and baked until browned and bubbling. As it cooks, additional peppers and tomatoes on the surface blister and roast until soft. For our version, we use a skillet and add potato wedges, which simmer in the seasoned juices of the meat. You will need a broiler-safe 12-inch skillet, as the cooking starts in a high-heat oven and finishes under the broiler. Aleppo pepper is mildly spicy with a touch of fruitiness and smoke. You can substitute 4 teaspoons sweet paprika plus ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Serve straight from the skillet, with yogurt and warm flatbread for dipping in the flavorful juices.




Don’t use ground beef with a fat content higher than 10 percent, otherwise the dish will be too greasy.

40 minutes

20 minutes active


  • 1

    pound medium (about 2-inch) Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, each cut into 6 wedges

  • 2

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided


Janet M.
February 28, 2023
SO Flavorful!
This was a terrific recipe. My family and I loved it. Juicy and flavorful. (I left out the parsley because my husband did the shopping and came home with cilantro instead of parsley. Rookie mistake!). I loved the technique of putting the tomato paste at the bottom of the pan. It created a fantastic sauce with all the meat drippings and spices. I served it with yogurt with a little grated garlic and lemon mixed in.
Karen H.
February 28, 2023
After the first bite, my family asked when could I make it again
This was a huge hit with my family. The meat mixture was scrumptious, and I loved the charred tomatoes and peppers. I could not find banana or Cubanelle peppers, so I improvised with shishito. My local store was out of pitas, so I served it with garlic naan, which worked out really well. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe. What is a good substitute for the banana peppers? I could only find them pickled.
Siri N.
February 6, 2023
Can this be halved? Would the cooking times change? Added a rating because it is required to submit my question (stupid - they keep changing their comment format).
Marilyn B.
March 13, 2023
Ok, but not worthy of a next time
This was edible, but frankly a good meatloaf would have been a better idea. One of the reviewers said the meat was a hard slab and I concur. I cook almost exclusively using Milk Street and NY Times recipes and this was not up to the MS standards I'm accustomed to. But I'm glad others liked it .... it just didn't work for me as a recipe I will make again.
Leslie L.
March 1, 2023
Just awful
The meat was a hard slab.