Bulgarian Musaka – Simple and Delicious

Martin requested Musaka this weekend.  Bulgarian Musaka is a version of a popular dish of the Balkans, Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, Moussaka.  The Bulgarian dish uses potatoes instead of eggplant.  This is such a flavorful dish.  Simple and very delicious!

Bulgarian Musaka

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Ingredients

1# ground pork
1/2 # ground beef
1 large onion, diced
2# potatoes, diced 1/2 inch cubes
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon chubritsa (you could use savory)
2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoon fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped chives
1 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup oil (I used Sunflower.  You could use vegetable or olive oil)

Topping

4 eggs
1 cup yogurt
1/4 salt

Directions

  1.  Saute onions until opaque.  Add the pork/beef and mix with the onions.  Add the tomato and spices, salt, pepper and mix together. DO NOT cook meat all the way through as it will bake through in the oven. Just saute and mix until combined and lightly cooked. (I added 1/2 the spices in the saute pan.  I added the other 1/2 of spices when I put in the baking dish and added the potatoes.  Don’t ask me why. I think you could probably add all at once.)
  2. Put meat mixture in 9×13 baking dish and add the potatoes.  Mix together so the spices are combined with the meat and potatoes. Add the water/broth.  Put in 375 degree oven. Check every 15 minutes and mix together.  It will take about 45 minutes for the potatoes to get done.
  3. While the meat and potatoes are cooking whisk together the eggs, yogurt and salt.
  4. When the dish is done, remove from oven, top with the egg mixture.  Put back in oven and bake another 10 minutes.  After the egg mixture is done,  turn on the broiler.  Broil until egg topping is browned, about 5 minutes.november 003

This is the first time I made this dish.  Martin loved it.  I always enjoy making a dish he would enjoy from his home country.  I am sure in some sense it brings back memories of his grandparents and the meals they shared together. All I know is Musaka is a hit in our home!  We will be making this simple and delicious dish more often!!

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