Recipes R Simple

Greek Pastitsio

Next
Previous




Greek Pastitsio

CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE Greek Pastitsio

Greek Pastitsio and a Lovely Greek woman!

My mother spent a lot of time having her friends over to eat some Indian food. She also learnt a lot of cooking from their diverse ethnicities. Mrs Pandelis was a lovely lady who I would often see in our kitchen with mom. We loved her yummy greek cookin!!

My absolute favorite which I have prepared many a time is the Greek Pastitsio made of ground beef and penne pasta.  You could call it the greek version of Lasagne! This pasta dish is ‘a must try’. Thankyou Mrs Pandelis.

I am told that ‘Pastitsio’ loosely translated means  ‘A Mess’ 🙂 This is a truly authentic Greek Pastitsio Recipe. Scroll down for step wise images as well as Full Video.

greek pastitsio recipe Greek Pastitsio

 

 

greek pastitsio heres a serving Greek Pastitsio

Greek Pastitsio – A YUMMY MESS

Greek Pastitsio 2 Greek Pastitsio

Greek Pastitsio – Video

 

greek pastitsio youtube video 300x210 Greek PastitsioYou are here: Home > Pasta/Noodles  > Greek Pastitsio
 
Recipe Name:  Greek Pastitsio
Recipe Type: Main / Pasta
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Marination/ Resting Time : 1 hour 15 minutes
Prep time: 
Cook time: 1 
Total time: 1
Yield: (6-7 servings)

Method with step by step pictures:

For the pasta:

  • Cook the pasta till al ‘dente in salted boiling water.
  • penne 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Greek Pastitsio add pasta 300x271 Greek Pastitsio
  • It will take approximately 15 minutes. Meanwhile, proceed with steps for the filling.
  • Drain the cooked  pasta. Add butter to prevent stickiness. Set aside.
  • Greek Pastitsio butter pasta 300x199 Greek Pastitsio

For the filling:

  • Heat Butter in a deep wide pan. Don’t allow to brown.
  • Saute onion and garlic till transclucent.
  • Greek Pastitsio. chopped ingredients 1 300x199 Greek Pastitsio Greek Pastitsio. saute onion and garlic 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Add minced beef. 
  • Greek Pastitsio. add mince 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Stir and cook for 5-6 minutes. The liquids will be released from the mince.
  • Allow these liquids to evaporate and the beef to change color.
  • Greek Pastitsio. stir 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • When the liquid has evaporated, add all remaining ingredients for the filling except egg white. (Canned tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, chopped parsley, apple juice, salt, pepper, allspice).
  • Greek Pastitsio. add all other ingredients 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, till all the liquid evaporates again.
  • Greek Pastitsio. cook stirring 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • greek pastitsio cook till liquids evaporate 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Allow to cool. Then add egg whites. 
  • greek pastitsio add egg white when cool. 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Stir till meat mixture is glossy. Set aside
  • greek pastitsio egg white stirred in 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Preheat the oven now to 180°c/350F. If using european setting, have heat elements from top and bottom switched on, while preheating.

For the Sauce (Bechamel):

  • Melt butter. Add the flour.
  • greek pastitsio cook flour in butter 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Stir quickly, till all the flour is mixed. Allow this ‘roux’ to cook briefly without going brown.
  • Add milk, a little at a time. Stir to remove lumps. Use a whisk for this.
  • greek pastitsio add milk 300x199 Greek Pastitsio greek pastitsio to remove lumps 300x199 Greek Pastitsio greek pastitsio whisk 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • The  milk will be absorbed and the mixture will thicken.
  • greek pastitsio bechamel 2 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to suit your taste. Stir again till smooth. You can add a small amount of milk, little by little if it seems too thick.
  • greek pastitsio add spices 300x199 Greek Pastitsio greek pastitsio spiced 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Remove from heat. Stir in the eggs, yolks and cheese. Stir till smoothly incorporated.
  • greek pastitsio for bechamel sauce 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • greek pastitsio till right consistency 300x199 Greek Pastitsio

To Assemble:

greek pastitsio for layers Greek Pastitsio

Cooked Pasta, Meat Sauce, Bechamel Sauce and Grated Cheese – For layering

  • Lightly grease an oven proof dish with butter. Use a dish that is large enough to hold all the layers.
  • greek pastitsio butter dish 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Make the first layer with half of the cooked pasta.
  • greek pastitsio layer 1 pasta 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Sprinkle some cheese over this.
  • greek pastitsio sprinkle cheese 1 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Add one layer consisting of all the cooked mince meat sauce.
  • greek pastitsio layer 2 meat sauce 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Add the remaining pasta.
  • greek pastitsio layer4 more pasta 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Sprinkle cheese over this layer too.
  • greek pastitsio layer 6 more cheese 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Spread the  béchamel sauce over the top to seal the dish.
  • greek pastitsio layer 7bechamel sauce 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Sprinkle some more cheese over the top.
  • greek pastitsio laste layer more cheese 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Bake in a pre heated oven at 180°c/350F  on the lower rack. When the dish is put in, I like to turn off the top heating element so that cooking is done from bottom only.
  • greek pastitsio bake in preheated oven 300x199 Greek Pastitsio
  • Bake for 30 minutes in total.
  • For the last 7 minutes I like to switch on the top element and turn off the bottom heating element.
  • greek pastitsio bale 30 minutes Greek Pastitsio
  • Watch carefully for the last few minutes, you want a nice golden top with cheese that is melted and not burnt.

Greek Pastitsio Recipe

Notes: 
  • In the original recipe Dry white wine is used in place of apple juice.
  • Apple juice is a good substitute for those who avoid alcohol. Make sure it’s not one of those extra sweet types though.
  • You may decide not to use all the sauce and set some aside for another snack. Depends on whether you like a more hefty serving.
  • Allspice can be substituted with a combination of powdered cinnamon and cloves.
  • Read more about Greek Cuisine.

Key Ingredients: Beef, Penne Pasta, Onion, Tomates, Garlic, Flour, Cheese, Spices, Salt, Butter, Egg, Apple Juice/Wine, Hot Milk.

Let us know if you tried – Greek Pastitsio Recipe . 
CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE Greek Pastitsio


Back to Recipe Finder. Thanks for visiting www.recipesaresimple.com


Next
Previous

Share

No Comments

Leave a Reply

All original content on these pages is fingerprinted and certified by Digiprove