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Greek Pastitsio Recipes from Around the World
Welcome to Recipes Inspired From Around the World. A series I started to become familiar with and to enjoy favorite dishes from Around the World. It gives me a chance to learn about a country and to use ingredients that I might be familiar with. Greek Pastitsio can be served with small glasses of Ouzo. Ouzo is an anise flavored colorless Greek liqueur and Ouzo is definitely something I’m familiar with! “Opa!”
What is Pastitsio?
Pastitsio is a baked pasta dish enjoyed in Greece and throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. Pastitsio is the Greek version of Comfort Food. This dish is versatile and many different versions exist. The typical Greek version consists of a thick, tube-like pasta such as: bucatini, penne or any other type of a short, thick, tube-shaped pasta. Pastitsio is similar to the Italian dish, Lasagna.
The pasta is baked with two sauces: a red meat sauce made with tomatoes and spices and a creamy white sauce such as a bechamel sauce. Ingredients are layered together in a baking dish and baked in the oven. The word “pastitsio” is a Greek variation on the Italian word “pasticcio” meaning a hodgepodge of different ingredients baked together in a single dish.
Even within Greece, many versions of pastitsio exist. Some recipes include ground lamb in the red/meat sauce, while some use ground beef. Cinnamon, allspice and/or nutmeg are commonly added to the meat sauce. The white sauce used to top the pastitsio, is often a bechamel sauce. It can also be topped with a classic white sauce made with milk and a light colored roux.
Some recipes call for a mornay sauce, a variation on the bechamel sauce that includes grated cheese. Either sauce will add to the flavor of Greek Pasitisio making it one of the reasons why it is a favorite throughout the country and surrounding areas. Comfort food at it’s best. Famous herbs of great quality are easy to find in Greece. Chamomile, sage, basil, mint, parsley, rosemary and oregano to name just a few.
Ouzo is the most famous Greek alcohol beverage, the trademark of the country. It is a strong alcohol drink, drinkable straight with ice or with a bit of water. Ouzo happens to be my personal favorite:) The best ouzo is made in Lesvos and the famous trades are Ouzo Plomariou and Barbayanni.
Greece is also know for Wine. For a list of fantastic Greek Wines go to: Greek Wines