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Moussaka Byzantine Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups natural barley
  • salt
  • 3/4 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • bread crumbs
  • 4 zucchini, sliced
  • 3 cups medium white sauce:
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1 cup of warm milk
  • pinch of salt


  • Cook the barley in salted water until done.
  • Drain & set aside.
  • Brown the ground beef and onions together.
  • Sprinkle the zucchini with salt and let stand 10 minutes.
  • Squeeze out the excess moisture.
  • Add the zucchini to the beef and onions and saute a few moments longer.
  • Mix half of the Feta cheese and the beef mixture with the barley.
  • Oil a 9 x 12 x 3 baking pan with olive oil and spread the barley mixture over it.
  • Make the white sauce by heating the olive oil in a heavy skillet.
  • Stir in the flour and add the 1 cup of warm milk, stirring steadily to make a
  • smooth sauce.
  • Add the pinch of salt.
  • Add the rest of the Feta to the sauce and stir.
  • Pour the sauce over the barley, top with bread crumbs and bake at 350° F for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove and let stand 10 mintues before cutting.

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