Sunday, November 26, 2017

Greek Love

The girls at Red Rose Alley love our Greek heritage. 



And I love to cook!



The cold winter weather calls for comfort food. How about we make a batch of pastitsio?



Saute some chopped onions in olive oil, add in a pound of lamb, season with garlic, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, and cayenne until the smell of spices fill the kitchen, then add a can of crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper, and simmer.



Make a bechamel sauce by heating up some milk and heavy cream, and adding it to a mixture of melted butter and flour. Stir in some nutmeg, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese, and when it's nice and bubbly, add a couple eggs, some Greek yogurt, and whisk!



Add a box of cooked elbow pasta (al dente) to the tomato sauce mix and then spread the bechamel. 



Bake for an hour and serve hot with steamed veggies or a crisp salad.



Now if you'll excuse me, I have a plate to tend to...
you know how us Greeks love to eat! ( :

~ Nel  

28 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love to eat too. Your pastitsio looks delicious. Kind of like a lasagna? Thanks for sharing your recipe. pastitsio

Sherry said...

long long ago my aunt made something similar every christmas eve .. except the filling was in pastry. my serbian family was originally from a village near the greek border .. perhaps borrowing the greek flavor and style of this dish and carrying it to the 'new land.' ♥

Sherry said...

long long ago my aunt made something similar every christmas eve .. except the filling was in pastry. my serbian family was originally from a village near the greek border .. perhaps borrowing the greek flavor and style of this dish and carrying it to the 'new land.' ♥

Pilar said...

I never tried Greek food before, so thanks for sharing the recipe! Enjoy!

Susie said...

Nel, It looks good and sounds tasty. Hope you are having some left over for later. When I make a big dish, I always want more a day or two later. LOL. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Beauty Follower said...

Yum! Pastitsio was my fave dish when i was a kid :)

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nieneke nia said...

that's our biggest problem that we love to eat ...hihihi
it's my children favorite food pastisio ....youre pastisio
looks great ...lot of greetings from Greece

DUTA said...

Even the name 'pastitsoi' makes my mouth water.
Great, professional culinaria pictures!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Nel, your pastitsio looks perfect! And it's the real deal - with béchamel instead of just cheese on top - yum! I just pulled a loaf of my wild yeast sourdough out of the oven an hour ago - it would be so good to have a plate of pastitsio to go with it!

Marilyn Miller said...

That sounds delicious! We have a Greek festival in Portland, OR every October and they serve amazing food.

Rose said...

Oh, my, this is making me so, so hungry! It looks delicious, too.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Nel, you sure know how to cook! Beautiful job on the pastitsio. I've never made it and only eaten it at the Greek Festival. ♥

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Holy pasta- you lost me with all those ingredients! Wow! It sounds like a wonderful dish...wish I could smell it- you need a scratch and sniff dot to add to your recipes! Yum! Seriously, I have never eaten a real Greek dish in my life. Now I've just got to find a restaurant, because I don't know a single person who can cook Greek dishes.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

That looks SO GOOD! I've never, ever had Greek food!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I've seen this recipe in some church cookbooks (my favorites!) but yours has different spices and the lamb so I'm thinking YOURS must be the best! I've not cooked with lamb but would like to try it. Thanks for sharing - looks SO good!

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

Sounds quite scrumptious, not something I’ve heard of before xx

TARYTERRE said...

sounds like comfort food. yummy.

Pam Jackson said...

Oh my Nel, that looks great. I have never cooked lamb. Not sure that I have even eaten it. I love to bake, cooking not so much! haha...and when I cook, I love simple, fast and totally EASY! Mac and cheese comes to mind! haha...have a great day.

Jill said...

Looks delicious! I don't eat red meat... actually very little turkey or chicken but I could substitute for ground turkey and give it a try! Thanks for sharing :-) Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,
Jill

Red Rose Alley said...

aahh, my favorite Greek dish. It looks great, Nel, but I think I've had mine with ground beef. I bet Renecke loved it.

Mildred said...

I can almost smell it! Looks delicious and very hearty.

nonie everythingsewing said...

It looks so good. My hubby grew up with neighbors that were Greek, so he is always telling me of the wonderful food they enjoyed. I can see why he has such fond memories of the dishes,

Nonie

It's me said...

Mmmmmmm...it look delicious i wish i could taste it...have a Nice week love Ria x ❤️

Karen said...

It looks so delicious! You are a talented cook. Enjoy.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh Yum! I'll bet the kitchen smelled wonderful, too! xx Karen

Jeanie said...

Sounds just fabulous to me!

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
I have never eaten Greek food! Can you believe it, I hardly can myself. This looks amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Carla

baili said...

I loved the cute art from 1798 :) just soothing!


Never had greek food though Greece itself sounds so fascinating through the movies and readings ,very first civilization on earth right?

You shared this recipe so nicely dear Nel ,easy to made and looks YUMMY to eat. very talented!