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Best Pastitsio Recipe with Veal and Basil

If you are looking for a Mediterranean meal to serve for your next company potluck, a Greek Pastitsio recipe that includes finely chopped meat, spaghetti, and cream is the perfect meal to make. Because this recipe uses canned spaghetti sauce, the preparation time is cut significantly. Instead of a white sauce, the choice is red and with the great variety on the market, it is easy to pick one with herbs, cheese, or meat added for extra flavor. This is a crowd-pleasing meal because it is warm and hearty. The taste is different from other recipes family and guests may have tried, which makes it extra-special.

A tasty dish that all will enjoy, this Mediterranean recipe is delicious served with a fresh green Caesar salad or your favorite type of Greek salad. Perhaps you want to add more vegetables to the meal and freshly steamed vegetables are a great choice, such as steamed bell peppers, corn, or cauliflower. A lovely cut-glass bowl with black and green olives adds a special touch to the table.

Festive meals deserve festive plates, so bring out the splashes of color. Firecracker red, turquoise blue or jet plates add finesse to this delicious meal. If it has been awhile since you have created a centerpiece for the table, this is the perfect time to do so. Dressing up your dinner table with an attractive centerpiece not only adds pizzazz to the setting, it adds a great method of showing off the meal. Bake or buy a large round bread loaf and set it in the center of the table on a pedestal, with grapes and peppers around the base. Celebrate the meal. Continue reading

Traditionally Delicious and Different Pastitsio

When you think potluck, do you think of spaghetti, cupcakes, and potato salad? A traditional Greek Pastitsio featuring meat and cream would make a delightfully amazing dish to serve at the next family function or potluck. Even though everyone appreciates the cakes, salads and spaghetti, this meal is something that many will enjoy while discovering a different flavored food that they like a lot. This Greek dish will not only give the guests something to talk about, it will probably result in some requesting the recipe and a repeat performance for the next event.

While the thought of making a Greek dish may seem like a challenge, Pastitsio is actually an easy and quick dish to make. The preparation itself takes about ten to twenty minutes, with another forty-five minutes to cook and serve. This easy preparation and cooking time creates a time slot for you to prepare and cook the meal easily while doing other things while it cooks, whether it is spending time with your family or catching up on a chapter of your favorite book. The ingredients are easy to find at your favorite store. This dish heats up quickly in the microwave for another meal.

This is an opportunity to share culture and learning with the family. Discuss the location of Greece and possible reasons why some of their recipes are similar to Italian dishes. You will be able to dispel the image that many people have about Greek food, where they envision lamb kabobs and stuffed grape leaves, which are very good although not filling. Pastitsio is a substantial dish and has delicious flavor. It goes well with green salads and vegetables. Chunky bread, such as French bread or a crusty Russian loaf, is a great accompaniment. Continue reading

Easy Pastitsio Recipe Modified Mediterranean Style

Pastitsio, also spelled pastichio, is a wonderful Greek baked pasta dish made throughout the Mediterranean region. There are many recipes for pastitsio and one of the favorites features béchamel sauce, better known as white sauce, and ground beef. Italy has its own version of pastitsio, commonly known as lasagna and usually featuring red sauce and ground beef. When set side by side, they have a close resemblance in looks even though the taste is quite different.

An interesting sauce, béchamel, also known as cream sauce or white sauce is also the base for Mornay sauce, which consists of béchamel with cheese, cheddar cheese sauce and mustard sauce. Recipes often call for one of three thicknesses, thick, medium, and thin. Adjust the texture by adding more or less butter and flour to the milk. You can use reconstituted powdered milk, half-and-half, evaporated milk, or any of the milks available in the store, such as 1 per cent, 2 percent, and whole milk. The most important thing is using real butter, when possible and fresh flour.

A great meal for a family event or large dinner party, the colors and presentation of pastitsio is impressive enough for a celebration. Enjoy decorating the table with a bright red tablecloth. Arrange fresh vegetables for an elegant centerpiece. Special favorites include large yellow and red tomatoes, bell peppers of green, yellow, orange and red or even ornamental gourds. Surround salt and pepper shakers with beautiful fresh onions and parsley sprigs. Hearty and tasty, this dish is the perfect meal for any family dinner or occasion. The beef and cheese are delicious. If you are unable to have dinner in Greece tonight, it is easy to pretend when you prepare a home cooked Greek dinner. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.

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