Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Serbian Moussaka (Serbian= Musaka/ Мусака)

Moussaka is a typical dish in Serbian cuisine, but unlike the Greek version, it is made with potatoes. This dish is easy to make, and you can change the measures to how you like it.


5-6 potatoes, sliced in think round slices
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, minced
3 eggs
1 cup kefir or yogurt
2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste

Start by frying the onions and ground beef in oil. Add salt and pepper taste. Vegeta or another seasoning salt would also work here. Fry the meat until it turns brown.

Cut up the potatoes into thin round slices, but not as thin as chips. Do not used the grater, the slices would come out way too thin. Use a knife.

While the meat is cooking, sprinkle some oil onto the bottom of the baking dish and arrange potato slices to form the first layer.

Distribute 1/2 of the cooked ground beef and onions evenly over the first layer of potatoes.

Then cover with another layer of potatoes.

And a 2nd layer of meat (use up the rest of the meat).

Finally, cover with potato slices on top.

Mix eggs, kefir and milk.

Spread this mixture over the top covering all the potato slices.

Cover the dish and bake at 450F for 20 minutes. Then uncover it and bake for another 30-40 minutes.

If you like it crunchy, turn on the broiler for 3-4 minutes, but watch it carefully as it will burn very quickly.

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  1. How large is your baking dish? It's tough to find cast iron ones with a lid. I ended up getting a 4.2L one from Le Creuset on super mega sale yesterday, but yours looks a little bigger.

    I'm going to make this dish tonight so I'll let you know how it turns out.

  2. It's best when you carmelize the onions before you add the beef...and ALWAYS season with Vegeta...the serbian beloved seasoning lol
    God rest her soul, my mother-in-law always made such good Serbian Musaka...I can still taste it.

  3. Hi Zorana, I love your musaka. I make a similar dish using a recipe from my native country Bulgaria but my son doesn't like it. He likes your version. Thanks for sharing. Albena

  4. Z., I hadn't noticed the Musaka recipe before. Looks very good. Put that one on the list to try. Joe