Turkish Matzoh Meat Pie

We just found an awesome new hamburger casserole that spews happiness with every bite.  No kidding, Mike said he didn’t want to stop eating it because every bite made him happy.  It is easy to make too. 

You will need to get matzoh from the Jewish section of your grocery store, who may only carry it around mid-April.  However, matzoh does not go bad.  A batch Moses made is still being served if you know where to go.  Mike and I are curious about making a non-Jewish version, which would probably contain potatoes and cheese instead of matzoh.  Jewish law is against having meat and dairy in the same meal.  Something about how it’s cruel and distasteful to cook meat in the milk of its mother.  They have a point if you think about it.  It would also help to keeps things simpler and maybe keep cross contamination down, although I doubt they were worried about that in the olden days. 

This recipe is from National Public Radio, who has more details, other mina versions and a much wordier version of this recipe on their site.  Besides being a bit sloppy on her food science (i.e. you add the salt during the onion sweat) she seemed to go out of her way to make things hard to process.  I believe in the “don’t make me read” recipe writing style and these just drove me crazy.  I’m generally peeved by the “salt and pepper to taste” line but this lady is on a completely different level.  Honestly, do I need to be told that *high heat* is needed for boiling or that I should use a *clean* kitchen towel?  Luckily her food is worth it. 


MinaDeCarneLayered matzo pies, or minas, await slicing. The top layer of matzo is glazed with a beaten egg, to give the finished dish a burnished shine.

National Public Radio


This Turkish-style mina with ground beef, lamb and crushed tomatoes is from Jennifer Abadi, author of A Fistful of Lentils.  Abadi also recommends having additional prepared tomato sauce for serving leftovers if desired, as the sauce tends to absorb as the mina sits.


Cayenne or black pepper is fine, but use Chili Aleppo if you want to be more authentic




Mina De Carne

Turkish Matzoh Meat Pie


 2 TBS… Olive Oil

2 C…….. Yellow Onions

2 tsp…. Kosher Salt


1 lbs….. Ground Beef

1/2 lbs. Ground Lamb


1/2 C…. Flat Leaf Parsley

1/2 C…. Dill Leaves



28 oz… Crushed Tomatoes (can)


5………… Eggs

4 to 8.. Matzo sheets

1 ……….. Egg, beaten with a pinch of salt


…………… Salt & pepper (chili aleppo?)




Mise en place:

1.     Gather

a.     Measurers:  Cup, TBS, tsp

b.    Measured ingredients in ~6 containers

c.     Strong spatula

d.    Large deep sauce pan

e.     Deep ~8” square casserole pot (or equivalent) (lightly oiled)

2.     Cuisinart or knife:

a.     Fine chop: Onions

b.    Course chop:  Parsley & Dill

3.     Lightly beat 5 eggs and one egg

4.     Calculate the matzo layout and the number of middle layers your pan can accommodate

5.     Pass matzo under water faucet and rest in moist towels until bendable ~5 minutes

6.     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees




1.     Heat oil, and then sweat the onions & salt until somewhat transparent, ~7 minutes

2.     Add meat and cook until separated and brown, ~ 10 minutes

3.     Lower to medium heat, add the herbs and mix well, cook 5 minutes

4.     Add tomatoes and mix well

5.     Bring to a slow boil and cook 3 minutes

6.     Lower the heat to medium and cook ~5 minutes

7.     Cool to room temperature

8.     Mix in 5 beaten eggs

9.     Cover the entire bottom of the casserole dish with a layer of matzo

10.   Divide the filling into the number of meat layers (mentally is fine)

11.   Gently spread a portion of the filling over the matzo

12.   Top with layer of matzo, then a portion of filling – repeat until full

13.   Add a final layer of matzo topped with a beaten egg spread evenly

14.   Bake until the matzo is golden and the filling is hot and set, about 45 minutes

15.   Allow to cool and set for 15 minutes, then serve



Let us know if you try a non-Jewish version.  Or even if you have any ideas of what to change. 


11 thoughts on “Turkish Matzoh Meat Pie

  1. Sounds like a good one. I was going to cook it tomorrow but now Terrence and friend are coming for dinner and Lewis will cook Terrence’s favorite . couldn’t spell it so I’ll just leave it at that.

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