I learned this musaka from my Bulgarian mother-in-law though it's probably Turkish in origin. The recipe calls for chubritsa, a Bulgarian herb that can be difficult to find in the States, so basil can be used in its place.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 (6.5 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chopped summer savory (chubritsa)

  • 1 cup water, or as needed

  • cup yogurt

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir ground beef in hot oil until crumbly and evenly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir in potatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and summer savory. Pour in enough water to just barely cover. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

  3. Pour meat mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish and spread evenly. Mix together yogurt and beaten egg in a small bowl; spread over meat mixture to cover.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

728 Calories
49g Fat
44g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 728
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 961mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 47mg 233%
Calcium 154mg 12%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 1462mg 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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