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Msa ‘a–Eggplant casserole

This dish is not to be confused with the Greek dish, Musaka, it has some similarities but is quite different. An Egyptian friend first introduced this to me and I loved it. She then taught me how to make it and it has been a favorite for our family ever since. I have changed some things in order to make it easier for us to eat but it is basically the same. I deep fry the eggplant or saute it, so you can do either.

Ingredients

2 Eggplants

1 Green bell pepper sliced

1 Red bell pepper sliced

1 onion chopped

5 garlic chopped

1 pound ground beef

1 tsp. salt- for ground beef, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. allspice

Vegetable oil for frying

Sauce

1 can tomato paste

4 garlic cloves

4 cups water

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large pan fry ground beef and onions.

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Add spices and continue cooking until ground beef is well cooked. Wash and slice peppers.

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Add peppers to the meat and keep cooking. Cover and cook until everything is soft.

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Peel and slice eggplant into rounds. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan and fry eggplant slices until golden, drain.

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Pour water (more or less 4 cups) into sauce pan and add tomato paste, add salt and pepper to taste. whisk and simmer for a few minutes.

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Fry garlic cloves in Olive Oil.

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Add garlic to tomato mixture, simmer for a few minutes and turn off heat.

Using a 9X13 pan, pour some tomato sauce on the bottom of the pan, now you will layer these ingredients, eggplant, beef mixture, sauce, keep layering until the ingredients are done. Cover and place in oven for 1 hour on 350 degrees. Serve with pita bread or rice.

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56 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love anything with eggplant! Will have to try this.

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    August 18, 2015
    • Thanks!

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      August 18, 2015
    • I didn’t see your new recipe in my reader!

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      August 18, 2015
    • For some reason I am not seeing your posts in my reader ugh! and many others

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      August 18, 2015
      • I’ve had that happen to me before actually. I’m not sure why it does, but it’s frustrating especially because I have those that I really do look forward to reading each week! Mine ended up fixing itself somehow, so I hope yours does, too. 🙂

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        August 18, 2015
        • Yes i missed two of yours! I saw you comment then it occurred to me i hadnt seen anything from you! Did you figure out why?

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          August 18, 2015
          • I have no idea what causes it! I had looked at some forums and saw that some other people had the same issue, but I didn’t come across an actual resolution. 😦

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            August 18, 2015
          • Interesting! I missed like 4 of my favorite recipe posts, you and 3 others!

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            August 18, 2015
          • 😦 I hope it resolves itself soon! If I come across anything, I’ll definitely keep you posted!

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            August 18, 2015
          • Thanks!

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            August 18, 2015
  2. Love eggplant! Love when I come across a new eggplant recipe I haven’t heard of! Love the spices too!

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    August 18, 2015
  3. What a tasty use of eggplant, and I love the heartiness of this meal. Yum!

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    August 18, 2015
  4. Sounds very delicious Lynz, love the spices 😀

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    August 18, 2015
  5. Although I just had dinner but looking at this delicious meal makes me hungry !

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    August 18, 2015
  6. Love eggplant! and this looks fabulous Lynn 🙂

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    August 18, 2015
  7. I should not have read this when I was hungry, lol. Looks Amazing!

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    August 18, 2015
  8. I can’t wait to try this! We love eggplant and are always looking for new ways to use it.

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    August 18, 2015
  9. I love North African food. My father was raised in Egypt in the 1930s and my grandmother was heavily influenced in her own cooking which became a heavy taste influence in my childhood. I’m interested that you peel the aubergines … I have never done that but I imagine it makes them amazingly silky

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    August 18, 2015
    • I try to make things so the kids will like them! So yes I started peeling them. I have changed it a bit but made it for a visiting Egyptian teacher and she gave it thumbs up ha ha

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      August 18, 2015
      • Can’t say fairer than that and I am going to give peeling the aubergines a go … I imagine it would work well in a moussaka too!

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        August 18, 2015
        • Yes I like it in this dish! When is the weddding??

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          August 18, 2015
          • Saturday! My brother and his wife arrived from Australia last night and my second daughter flew in from Malaysia last Friday – I hadn’t seen her for 15 months – thrilled doesn’t cover it 🙂

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            August 18, 2015
          • wow I am sure!! So nice for you!!!!

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            August 18, 2015
  10. mmmm sounds and looks good will have to try…. we get all different colours and sizes of egg plant here so many different varieties do you?

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    August 18, 2015
  11. Yum…..another great recipe …you should put a book out….

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    August 18, 2015
  12. looks so yummy, thank Lynz. Regard ❤

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    August 18, 2015
  13. I can try out a vegetarian version of this dish without the ground beef – looks lovely! 🙂

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    August 18, 2015
  14. This looks great. Love eggplants and am always looking for new ways to make them.

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    August 19, 2015
    • Yes me too! not that many recipes that I have found for eggplant! Glad you like it

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      August 19, 2015
  15. Amanda #

    I love everything eggplant. it’s so versatile. This looks lovely. 😀

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    August 19, 2015
  16. Love this kind of food, Lynz! 🙂

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    August 20, 2015
  17. I haven’t been to Saudi Arabia but was lucky enough to have been to several Arabic countries and I love the food! I’m going to ‘pin this baby’ for sure. (Lynn, if you wish, check out my recipe for ‘Khobz’ – a type of Moroccan bread. I hope to make this recipe soon – and serve it with ‘Khobz’.) http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2015/02/05/khobz-moroccan-bread-quick-easy-dough-only-needs-to-rise-once/

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    August 21, 2015
  18. eggplant is one of my v fav vegs and I’m always looking for new ways of cooking it.

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    September 3, 2015
  19. I love anything eggplant. This looks really good! 🙂

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    September 4, 2015
  20. Anonymous #

    I eat meat on Sunday so this looks like a great Sunday recipe!

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    September 11, 2015
  21. chevvy8 #

    Looks mouthwatering, I must make this!

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    September 25, 2015

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