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Serbian Ground Beef, Veggie, and Potato Bake

Rated as 4.42 out of 5 Stars

"My boyfriend lived in Serbia for 3 years and always begs me to recreate some of his favorite dishes. Based on his sketchy explanations and a little research into Eastern European spices, I concocted this hearty and slightly spicy bake with ground beef, paprika, and vegetables like celery and peppers. Great with a glass of red wine!"
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1 h 25 m servings 367
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a casserole dish.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the beef until evenly brown. Remove beef from skillet, reserving juices, and set aside. Mix in the olive oil, and saute the green pepper, onion, carrot, and celery until tender.
  3. Return beef to the skillet, and season with paprika, salt, black pepper, red pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir in the water and red wine until heated through. Dissolve the beef bouillon cube into the mixture. Remove skillet from heat, and mix in the half-and-half.
  4. Layer the bottom of the prepared casserole dish with enough potato slices to cover. Place the beef and vegetable mixture over the potatoes, and top with remaining potatoes.
  5. Cook, covered, 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the potatoes are tender.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 367 calories; 18.1 27.2 22.7 72 567 Full nutrition

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Being from former Yugoslavia myself, I can tell you that you are on the right track with this dish - it's called a mussaka. Anyway, what you are missing is a layer of potatoes in the middle. The...

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The meat mixture is so nicely seasoned, it tasted great, however as a whole this dish was not a success for me. The potatoes needed seasoning and would have looked and tasted better if the top l...

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Being from former Yugoslavia myself, I can tell you that you are on the right track with this dish - it's called a mussaka. Anyway, what you are missing is a layer of potatoes in the middle. The...

The taste of the meat/veggie mixture alone merits 5 stars definitely...but there was something starchy lacking in this dish. Despite layering the potatos on top & bottom, there was still an over...

Wonderful -smells at 6 stars - even better than it tastes at 5 stars. Use very lean ground beef. Add two cloves garlic, part with the ground beef to be ground, part with the vegetables when coo...

This recipe doesn't have that WOW factor, but it is interesting. Interesting good I would say. It is quick to make...I had it in the oven within 20 minutes. I did make a few changes. I didn't bo...

I REALLY liked this one! There is so much flavor to it! The only thing I left out was the celery since the poor stuff was quite wilted and sick looking in my fridge! (It did go straight into the...

I am serbian. And this dish is actualy called musaka ( similar to greek mousakka) . I usually slice a lot more potato layers, to make it at least 4 layers of potato and 3 of meat mixture, potato...

We don’t mix milk w/ meet but all ingredients (minus the ½ & ½) really appealed to me & took a chance. Very glad we did. For those of you w/ the same food laws (or wish to make this a little l...

This was really, really good and best of all I had every thing in my pantry. It reminded me of Greek mousaka with the cinnamon, nutmeg and ground beef. It was interesting, but in a good way. T...

This was a wonderfull treat! The recipe as presented is perfect! Being the cook that I am, I added some sweet italian sausage meat, garlic & mushrooms. A "warm you inside and out" kind of meal ....