Albanian Leek Casserole (Tavë Me Presh) is usually made with lamb but you can use beef as well. This is a great way to implement this versatile vegetable into your kitchen. When caramelizes just enough the leeks add a full flavor and along with the meat create this delicious Albanian dish. A casserole is a variety of a large, deep pan, that you can use prepare different main meals.

Albanian Leek Casserole (Tavë Me Presh)

This dish is usually made with the most widely used meat in the country - lamb, but using beef can work as well.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Albania
Keyword: Beef, Lamb, leeks
Servings: 4


  • 2 lb leeks
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 lb ground meat(lamb, beef)
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce
  • Mild red pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Cut off the edges of the green leaves from leeks and wash them. Use a cutting board and knife to cut leeks slantwise into 1-inch thick slices.
  • Turn on the stove to medium heat and transfer them into frying pan.
  • Add a little oil and sauté, transfer to a baking dish. Then add onion and ground meat and sauté in remaining oil in the pan. Add tomato sauce, beef stock, salt and pepper, red pepper, and bring to a boil.
  • Over the sautéd leeks, pour meat mixture.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Bake for 1 hour.
  • Serve hot.

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