Pastitio





Pastitsio is a very common Cretan dish, 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 herbs.

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