Getting Ready for Pesah….Megina Recipe


As we begin to prepare for Pesah, it’s time to pull out the favorite family recipes, those familiar dishes that bind generations together, remind us of our connectedness…..brings us back to the familiar.  One of the staples of our seder meal is a megina, sometmes refered to as ‘mina,’ or a ‘meat quajado.’

a6d0c7ec-b092-40b5-aef0-8b4d54476873.jpg

My mom’s is made with crumbled matzah mixed in giving it a meat casserole- like consistency once cooked and able to be cut into and served in squares. The ‘mina’ version is often made with layers of soaked and softened matzahs and constructed more like a meat lasagna. I am sharing the recipe as my mom makes it for our family and as she has taught it in community cooking classes. This is one of those dishes you can customize to your liking, adding different spices for a differnt flair ( think cumin or ‘ras el hanut,’ diced peppers or even cilantro instead of parsley, to name a few).  This version is made with ground beef, although ground turkey or ground chicken could be substituted. Let us know what you think!

My Mom’s (Kaye Israel) Recipe for Passover ‘Megina’ (meat casserole) {sometimes called Quajado de Carne or Mina}

As one of my friends points out, anytime you start with sautéed onions and meat……how can you go wrong?

2 C chopped onions
2 lbs ground meat
2 tblsp oil
1/2 tsp pepper (to taste)
1 tblsp salt
1/4 c parsley, chopped
8 – 10 eggs
1 C farfel (soaked in warm water, and squeezed dry) or 4 sheets matzah (soaked in warm water, squeezed dry and crumbled)
touch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Brown onions in oil.

 

 

Add meat and continue to brown.

 

 

Transfer to bowl and allow to cool. Add salt, pepper, parsley and farfel (or matzah). Add 2 beaten eggs at a time until eggs are mixed in.

 

 

Grease 9 x 13 inch pan (pyrex type) and heat in oven for 2 – 3 minutes. Pour mixture into pan.

IMG_0447

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool. Cut into squares and serve. Delish!!!!

FullSizeRender

We serve this as part of our holiday meal.  It’s also a staple during the week.  Easy to cut a square for lunch and serve with a light salad for lunch or easy dinner.   Easy to transport for those who need to take a lunch to work or school. (I have one cousin who looks forward to megina each year with cranberry sauce on the side. I know, they didn’t have cranberries in Rhodes. That’s how we create new traditions!) Enjoy it!   Make it your own!

~Bendichas Manos

8 thoughts on “Getting Ready for Pesah….Megina Recipe

  1. Megina is my family’s favorite pesach dish. I add lots of cumin, fresh spinach and when I flavor the meat (half veal and Hal beef) I add a little spicy home made tomato sauce. We are Ashkenazim who so revere Sephardi and Mizrachi food!

    Like

  2. EVERY TIME I SEE A RECIPE THAT CITES KAYE ISRAEL, I AM GRATEFUL. HERS ARE THE TASTES THAT I REMEMBER AND THEY SIMPLY DON’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. I WILL MAKE THE MEGINA FOR SURE. BENDICHAS MANOS, INDEED.

    On Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 12:07 PM, Bendichas Manos wrote:

    > bendichosmanos posted: “As we begin to prepare for Pesah, it’s time to > pull out the favorite family recipes, those familiar dishes that bind > generations together, remind us of our connectedness…..brings us back to > the familiar. One of the staples of our seder meal is a megina” >

    Like

  3. What a wonderful recipe! So simple and so delicious. It can be baked and frozen before the holiday.

    Thank you for posting the timely recipes. They inspire us to get started with our holiday cooking!

    Rhea Coskey

    *Rhea Coskey*

    *Ph: (310) 275-3324Fax: (310) 246-0755 *

    Please note my new email address: *rheajcoskey@gmail.com *

    On Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 12:07 PM, Bendichas Manos wrote:

    > bendichosmanos posted: “As we begin to prepare for Pesah, it’s time to > pull out the favorite family recipes, those familiar dishes that bind > generations together, remind us of our connectedness…..brings us back to > the familiar. One of the staples of our seder meal is a megina” >

    Like

Leave a Reply to bendichosmanos Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s