Food & Recipes

Greek Musaka, or "Dish of the Shepherds"


Greek cuisine is delicious and varied. In cooking, the Greeks use meat, all kinds of vegetables and cheeses, as well as delicious sauces and spices. I bring to your attention the recipe of the Greek traditional dish "Musaka". In another way it is called the "Dish of the Shepherds."

Greek "Musaka", or "Dish of the Shepherds"

Ingredients for Greek Musaki, or "Shepherd's Dishes"

  • 500 g of pork or ground beef;
  • a few pieces of onions;
  • 2/3 cup tomato juice or grated tomatoes;
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic;
  • 4-7 pieces of potatoes;
  • 2-4 pieces of eggplant;
  • 500 g of cheese or feta cheese;
  • 100 g butter (medium fat);
  • about 2 tablespoons of wheat flour;
  • 1/2 liter pasteurized milk;
  • 2 pieces of chicken eggs;
  • table salt, ground black pepper, spices (optional).

The method of preparation of Greek Musaki, or "Dishes of shepherds"

The first stage - cooking minced meat

Sauté the onion until golden brown Add tomatoes to the onion Add garlic

Finely chop all onions and garlic. Fry the onion in a pan until pale golden color. Add tomato juice or grated peeled tomatoes to the onion. Continue stewing onions with tomato for 3-4 minutes. Pour finely chopped garlic there. Add minced meat. Then mix everything well. Boil until the juice disappears. At the end, you need to salt, add ground pepper and spices to taste.

Add minced meat

The second stage - frying vegetables, preparing cheese

Chop potatoes Grate cheese

Peel, wash and cut the potatoes into small ovals. Thickness not more than 0.5 centimeters. Rinse the eggplants, dry and chop the plates. Thickness no more than 0.7 centimeters. Fry potatoes for 2-3 minutes in hot vegetable oil. Put on a plate. Fry eggplant in oil until medium soft. Put on a napkin (so that the glass has excess oil). Grate cheese or feta cheese on a coarse grater.

Fry the potatoes Saute the eggplant

The third stage - making the sauce

Melt the butter Add flour to melted butter

Melt the butter in a small container with a non-stick coating. Add flour to the melted butter. Stir well. Reduce the cooking zone temperature to a minimum. Gradually pour cold milk into the mixture, stirring with a spoon. When the sauce thickens, remove it from the heat and salt. Cool. Then add 2 eggs to it. Stir until smooth.

Pour in stirring milk When the sauce thickens, remove it from the heat and salt Add two eggs to the chilled sauce and mix until smooth.

The fourth stage - the layout of the dish

Put potatoes on top of eggplant Put the minced meat

For baking, you can take any form with high sides. Put eggplant plates on the first layer, then potatoes and minced meat. Vegetable layers can be slightly salted. Fill everything with a dense layer of grated cheese or feta cheese. Pour the sauce over the cheese and spread evenly over the surface.

Put cheese on top of minced meat Pour sauce over cheese and spread evenly over the surface

The fifth stage - baking

Bake at 180 ° C - 190 ° C. Cooking time 30-35 minutes (until a crust appears on the surface). Do not cook moussaka at the top of the oven. Optionally bake in the middle. Cool slightly before serving.

Bake moussaka for 30-35 minutes Chill before serving.

Bon Appetit!