Musaka (Moussaka)

You have never really tried Macedonian traditional food until you have tried Musaka (Moussaka) made from your grandmother at the country. A variation of this recipe for Musaka (Moussaka) can be found across the entire Balkan region, and each culture has it’s own version in terms of some of the ingredients.

This Musaka (Moussaka) recipe can be turned into a vegetarian or vegan dish too. You can just replace the ground beef with an alternative, like grated eggplant or something of your choice, and just omit the eggs and milk if you are going for a full vegan recipe. Additionally, you can use even carrots under the layers of potatoes or similar.

Musaka (Moussaka)

Serves 4-6
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 35 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Formal Party, Valentines day


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 5 to 6 medium sized potatoes (peeled, thinly sliced in circles)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs


Step 1 Preheat oven to 375.
Step 2 Take a skillet and heat the olive oil over medium heat together with the garlic and onion. Fry for a couple of minutes.
Step 3 Add the paprika and the ground beef and cook until everything is well fried. Set aside.
Step 4 Take a baking dish and butter it.
Step 5 Now make a layer with half the previously sliced potatoes and sprinkle them with pepper and salt.
Step 6 Take some of the fried ground beef and top the potatoes.
Step 7 Now just cover the beef with the remaining potatoes and sprinkle with pepper and salt. You can use an additional spices of your choice to fine tune the taste.
Step 8 Put the baking dish in the oven and let it bake. Meanwhile in a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and milk.
Step 9 Pour the mixture of eggs and milk to cover the potatoes and cover it with foil so that it doesn't dry up.
Step 10 Bake for 45 minutes. You can check from time to time to see if the potatoes are tender.
Step 11 When the potatoes are tender enough when pierced with fork, just continue baking with the foil removed. What you need is to bake the top layer until bubbly and brown. This should take additional 25 to 30 minutes.
Step 12 When done just let it rest for 15 minutes, then cut and serve it.

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