Makarouna Plasti

Makarouna of the Pasha, also known as "Makarouna plasti", was one of the most famous recipes of Kos and is usually prepared by a large group of women.

500 gr. flour
7 eggs
1 turkish coffee cup oil
1 turkish coffee cup water
3 bunches parsley
1 kg minced beef
a lot of dry myzithra cheese
chicken broth (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, beat the eggs and add salt. Slowly add the flour and water and knead until a dense dough is formed. Then add the oil and knead again until the dough is smooth and let it rest. Saute the minced beef, add salt and pepper. Chop the parsley and grate the cheese. Boil a pot of water and add 1 turkish coffee cup of oil. Before the water begins to bubble, divide the dough into balls and roll each individual one into a sheet. Cut the sheet into pieces and add 1-2 pieces to the pot. Boil for 1-2 minutes and strain ensuring that one is not touching the other. Grease a baking tray with oil and place 1 uncooked piece on the bottom of the tray. Grease the uncooked piece and place 2 cooked pieces, then grease those too. Add the minced beef with chopped parsley and myzithra cheese and continue the above procedure until all pieces have been used. At the end place an uncooked piece on top. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. Then sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons broth and continue cooking for 45 minutes.

Alternatively, you can make a sauce and cover the surface, so as to bake without broth and without an uncooked piece. A great trick is to add some traditional krasotiri in the dry myzithra cheese to give it a spicier taste. Put as much parsley as you want, depending on your preference.