Pastitsio is a very common
which can be found almost everywhere. It is traditionally baked on a big plate
in the oven, to be cut up into individual portions later.
The basic dish is composed of several layers. The pasta used is a cross between
macaroni and penne, which separates the layers of minced beef, onions and
cheese. The top layer is made of béchamel (eggs, milk and flour), which becomes
solid in the oven and holds the whole dish together.
Ingredients vary from taverna to taverna; common additions include parsley,
olive oil, nutmeg, cinnamon, thyme, wine, tomatoes, garlic, pepper, salt and