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                       Pastitso (Greek Pasta Supreme)
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Ground Beef                      Pasta
                 Wine                             Greek
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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      1/2  cup           Butter
      1/4  teaspoon      Nutmeg
    8      tablespoons   Flour
    4      cups          Milk
                         White Pepper
    4                    To 6 Egg Yolks
    8      ounces        Macaroni (2 c raw) -- cook and
    1      tablespoon    Olive oil
                         -----MEAT FILLING-----
    1      ounce         Butter
    1      lg            Onion -- finely chopped
                         Freshly ground Black Pepper
    1 1/2  pounds        Ground beef
      1/4  teaspoon      Cinnamon
    2      tablespoons   Tomato paste
      1/2  cup           Dried breadcrumbs
      3/4  cup           Dry Red Wine
    1 1/2  cups          Grated Kefalotiri OR
      1/2  teaspoon      Nutmeg
                         Parmesan Cheese
 Preheat oven to 350~. Melt 1 oz of butter in large skillet and saute onion
 til soft and transparent. Add the meat, cook until browned. Mix tomato paste
 with wine and add to meat. Continue cooking, adding nutmeg, salt, pepper,
 and cinnamon. Cook about 15 minutes, take off heat, cool and mix in half the
 breadcrumbs and half the grated cheese. Set aside. Do not allow meat to
 “bulk”, keep it separated. Cook the macaroni in boiling water with oil til
 soft. Drain and set aside. Make crema. Stir in 1/4 c. cheese.
 To Assemble: Grease a baking dish (LIKE A LASAGNA PAN) and sprinkle it with
 breadcrumbs. Spread half the cooked pasta over the bottom of the dish and
 sprinkle it with 1/4 c reserved cheese. Spread all of the meat over the
 pasta. Pour half the sauce over the meat and spread the rest of the pasta
 over it. Sprinkle it with 2 TB. of cheese. Pour the rest of the sauce on top
 and smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and
 breadcrumbs and bake in the preheated oven 50-60 minutes. Let stand 10
 minutes before cutting into squares. Serve with Greek salad and lots of
 chilled retsina wine.
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