Moroccan Vegan Pastel

This is an entirely different recipe than the more common Moroccan pastilla (or b’stilla), even though the etymology of both words comes from the Spanish pastel – or cake.

Moroccan pastilla is a phyllo-dough layered cake that can be sweet, savory or a combination of the two. Moroccan pastel is similar to Greek moussaka or an English shepherd’s pie, only with a layer of potato purée on the bottom and the top. It was mainly a Jewish-Moroccan recipe served during holidays or celebrations.

Pastel filling is traditionally made from ground beef or lamb and flavored with allspice, nutmeg, and pepper.

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