Growing up I used to love eating “Musaka” (You might have seen Greek version in US called “Moussaka”). Traditionally in Serbia, it is made with potatoes and ground pork and it is a rather heavy dish. Few years ago I decided to try and make it little healthier so that I can make it part of our dinner repertoire more often. I replaced potatoes with zucchini and ground pork with ground turkey and my new dish was born. Just as yummy!
4-5 large zucchinis (cut into circles)
1 -1.5 lbs of cooked ground turkey
1 large onion (chopped)
2 tablespoons of Greek Yogurt (optional)
1/2 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Red Paprika
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
Salt and Pepper
Olive oil or grape seed oil
Pan fry ground turkey with onions and set it aside. Cut the zucchini into circles, sprinkle generously with salt and leave them in the colander over the sink for about 30 minutes (this takes all the water out so your dish won’t be soggy). Next, place the zucchini in a large mixing bowl and toss with rest of the spices and olive oil. Don’t skimp on olive oil, its good fat and it adds flavor 🙂 Put as much as you would to dress your salad. Now that you have zucchini and turkey ready its time to put it all together.
I love using my clay pan for this meal but you can use any deep pan of your choice that you would use for lasagna. Spray some PAM or some olive oil on the bottom and sides of the pan.
Layer zucchini first until you cover the bottom of the pan, then layer some of the meat on top. Repeat. Your last layer should be zucchini. Once it’s done, pour some olive oil on top and put it in the oven for 40 minutes on 400F.
While Musaka is baking, beat 2 eggs and put some salt and pepper (not too much). Alternatively, add 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt to eggs and mix well.
After 40 min, take the Musaka out of the oven and pour over the eggs. Put it back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes on 425F (until you get the golden color on top).
Take Musaka out of the oven and let it rest for few minutes before serving. We love eating Musaka with just plain lettuce or simple cut up tomatoes and green onions dressed with olive oil and lemon.