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Sharing the Shami: from Iran to Bethel

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  • ½ lb. ground beef
  • 2 medium size Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • Chili pepper, black pepper, turmeric, and salt as needed.


  1. In a big bowl, add the ground beef and spices. 
  2. Grate the onion and add to the bowl. 
  3. Grate the peeled potatoes finely and add to the bowl, mixing everything together.
  4. Take a fistful of the mixture and flatten it into an oval shape using the palm of your hand.
  5. Fry the oval shaped mixture in vegetable oil on both sides.

Tip: The mixture should be moist/sticky for a crisper fry.

Tamryn works in the Multimedia Department and is currently the host of A Bite out of Bethel.