Mesakaa / Moussaka مسقعة

This is a popular dish in the eastern Mediterranean, from Egypt, to Turkey and Greece.

Servings: 5

Preparation Time: 1.5 hours


1 kg eggplant , sliced.
2 green peppers.
2 onions.
4 tomatoes.
2 garlic cloves, crushed.
1/3 kg minced meat.
4 tablespoons vegetable oil.
3 tablespoons tomato paste.
Salt and pepper.

Cooking Instructions

Preparing meat

In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat.
Stir in one chopped onion until yellow.
Add minced meat, salt and pepper and stir.
Reduce heat, cover pan and leave to cook.

Preparing tomato sauce

Slice 2 tomatoes and blend the rest with 1/4 cup water.
In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat.
Add chopped onion and garlic stirring frequently until golden brown.
Add blended tomatoes, tomato paste, 1/2 cup water, salt and pepper.
Reduce heat and leave to simmer.

Preparing Mesakaa

Cut one green pepper into thin slices.
Fry green pepper in oil and set aside.
Fry eggplant slices in oil until just golden.
Heat oven to medium-high heat.
In a baking dish, arrange eggplant slices at the bottom making one layer then arrange half quantity of green pepper slices and some minced meat.
Arrange another layer of eggplant.
Pour tomato sauce over layers then add the rest of minced meat to make a layer on top.
Arrange tomato and the rest of green pepper slices on surface.
Place in oven and leave till cooked.
Serve hot or cold.


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