Moussaka is beloved Balkan and Middle East dish. Its preparation depends on the region. In Bulgaria Moussaka is based on potatoes and ground meat. The meal is served warm and Bulgarians eat it very often simply because it’s super delicious and easy to cook.
Moussaka is the perfect dish if you are in Bulgaria and want to experience traditional recipes along with banitsa, shopska salad and tarator. The yogurt and eggs layer on top gives the dish a unique taste which you can’t find anywhere else. The Greek Moussaka uses eggplant rather than potatoes.
Here’s the Bulgarian Moussaka recipe:
2 lb (~1 kg) potatoes, cut in small cubes
1 lb (1/2 kg) ground meat
1 onion, chopped
2 cups milk
1/2 cup oil
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
Start with cooking the onion in a pan with 1/4 oil until golden brown. Then add the ground meat, the pepper, the paprika, and half the salt. Fry until meat gets brown and then remove the pan from the heat.
Mix well with the potatoes and the other 1/2 tablespoon of salt. Add the mixture in a casserole pan with the rest of the oil. Bake in oven for about 40 minutes on 425 F (~220 C).
In the meantime mix the milk and the eggs separately and pour on top of the meal for the last 10 minutes in the oven untill it turns brownish.
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