Friday, February 11, 2011

Will They Eat This?

There are times when I miss the sites, sounds & flavors of Eastern Europe. Lyle and I spent a year living and traveling through Eastern Europe before the wall fell in 1989. It was such an amazing experience to live and observe the many different cultures and taste their cuisine, so rich in flavors I wasn't accustomed to eating. Food also triggers memories, and this meal brought back some happy memories of our time spent living in Belgrade, Yugoslavia -- at the time -- now the Republic of Serbia.

Like their Greek neighbors to the south, Serbians have a version of a ground meat and vegetable dish called Musaka. I decided to make it with ground turkey and light sour cream to make it just a little more calorie friendly. Give it a try and let me know what you think -- I think you'll love it.

Serbian Musaka 

1 pound ground turkey
2tablespoon olive oil
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tsp teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp beef base
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cans of sliced potatoes, drained

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a casserole dish; in a skillet over medium heat, add  olive oil and brown the ground turkey -- set aside; in the same skillet add green pepper, onion, carrot, and celery to the oil and juices, cook until tender -- about 3-4 min.; return meat to the pan, and add paprika, salt, black pepper, red pepper, cinnamon, and cloves; add red wine; add beef  into the mixture. Remove skillet from heat, and mix in sour cream; place the sliced potatoes from one can on the bottom of a greased baking dish; top with meat mixture; add the other can of potatoes in a layer over the top of the meat mixture; if desired, add some salt and paprika for flavor and color; bake uncovered for 40 - 45 min., until potatoes are turning golden brown.

The Stats:

4 out of 6 ate this meal -- and all 4 LOVED it; the boys wouldn't even touch it.

The Verdict:

This was such a delicious and lovely reminder of our time in Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe. I will make this again (and try to coax the boys to taste it) because it was not only delicious but, it was a great conversation starter for sharing stories with the kids about our time overseas.

Remember: Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. (Lk 6:21)

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