Libyan Stuffed & Fried Mubatan {Recipe}

My mom is visiting us and she’s been cooking up a storm, including this Libyan Stuffed and Fried Potato Mubatan. Today I decided to follow her in the kitchen with the camera and record how she makes her delicious North African entree mubatan.

The only problem was she didn’t measure anything, so I’m going to
guess at those and hope yours turn out as good as hers!


  • Peeled potatoes – 4 or 5
  • Oil for frying

Stuffing Ingredients

  • Scallion -2 bunches
  • Parsley – 1 bunch
  • Ground beef – 1 lb
  • Salt + Pepper to taste
  • Garlic – 2 Tbs
  • Cumin – 1 Tb
  • Egg – 1

Frying Ingredients

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Bread crumbs
  • Egg – 2
  • Flour – 2 Tbs
  • Paprika

Soak the potatoes for about 1/2 an hour. This softens them up just a bit,
but more importantly, it gets rid of the dirt that is soaked in.  Peel all the potatoes.

Chop up the scallions and parsley.

Place the greens you just cut, the meat and the seasons in a large bowl wide opening.

Then you’ll want to mix everything. My mom just used her hands and got in there to stir it up. The more you can get the meat to really absorb the rest of the goodness, the better.


Cut the potatoes in wedges, but leave room because you’ll need to slice each wedge in half, but make sure you leave the end joined together.

Stuff the middle of the potatoes with the meat mixture.

Your potatoes at this point will look like little (raw) sandwiches.

Set them aside and beat together all the items in the outer coating fried ingredients list above.

One at a time, dip the potatoes in the outer coating….

…then fry them up!

Then place them on a cooking sheet and stick it in a warm oven for a few
minutes to soften up the outer potato layers.

We had extra potatoes, so my mom cut them up into wedges and made french fries…which never even made it to the table because they were gobbled up.

Then, my mom had extra meat left over, so she made these meat egg combos. I have no idea what they are called but they were to die for. My kids eat them up first and asked for more! Start with a boiled, cooked egg.

Wrap it in the meat mixture.

Don’t forget to dip them in the outer coating, then fry them in the leftover potato oil. Let them sit on a paper towel for a few minutes to cool and then enjoy. You’ll notice that there is no photo of the completed eggs.  My kids ate them too fast!

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I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.