Mansaka Recipe -
Mansaka Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins


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"This is a traditional Danish casserole taught to me by my grandmother. The combination of meat, vegetables and spices makes it very tasty, and it is also easy to prepare."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    50 mins


  1. Melt the shortening in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, and cook, stirring to crumble, until evenly browned. Mix in the onion and garlic; cook until tender. Drain excess grease, and sprinkle in the flour, salt, pepper, sugar, basil, cinnamon and oregano. Stir in the mushrooms and tomato sauce, and simmer for 15 minutes over low heat.
  2. Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl or dish, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until about halfway done.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish, or shallow casserole dish of similar size, layer half of the potatoes. Spread half of the meat sauce over them, then sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat the layers ending with cheese on top.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until potatoes are tender and cheese is browned.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 17, 2006

Wonderful! You can not leave out the cinnamon; it's the best part. My husband came in and said "what is that incredible smell!?" I didn't have tomato juice, used v8. I didn't have mushrooms,left 'em out. I didn't have swiss, used mozzerella. They loved the cinnamon. Hubby and all three sons asked for thirds, but it was all gone. I'll double next time. Served it with brown rice, (sauce from Mansaka mixed well with the rice), and candied yams, and tea. Thanks!!! :o)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 20, 2006

I am from Denmark and I love to cook. This is not a Danish recipe, not traditionally and not in modern new cooking. It may have been made by your grandmother, but you cannot call it Danish. Danish food does not use those ingredients. Mansaka tribe is a sub-group of Mandaya and they are chiefly found in Compostela Valley, the southeastern area of Mindanao (south of Philippines). Perhaps you should call it a traditional recipe from the Philippines.


121 Ratings

Dec 06, 2005

This dish is really different from the normal hamburger casserole. The cinnamon gives it this wonderful aroma, and it tastes very nice. I will definately make this again.

Jan 31, 2011

This was hit all around :) I would drop out the shortening next time. You do not have to have tomoato sauce - I just used diced tomatos. I lso cooked it in a smaller deeper dish. I am sure cooking it in a larger dish allows the potatos to crisp a bit but they were delicious this way to. The real key to this dish is the seasonings - it is a perfect blend :)

Nov 20, 2006

I really like this recipe and yes, I tried it in the crockpot today. I substituted 6 oz. tomato paste and 2 cups water for the tomato sauce. Used a lower sodium, but a real salt which reduced the sodium to approximately 800 mg (vs. the 1268 in original recipe) per serving. Went for the gusto with the all herbs called for. Skipped the mushrooms and the shortenning. I also used mozzarella rather than swiss, as it was on hand. I prepped the potatoes as stated and prepped sauce as indicated, too. Layered in crockpot on high 2 hours/low 2-3 more hours. Will make again with the 'srooms and swiss and I am sure it can only get better than it already is.

Nov 20, 2006

It doesn't matter to me where exactly the recipe came from, all that matters is that your grandmother made a wonderful dish! My family loved it! I also used fresh mushrooms because I had lots of them! And I used butter instead of shortening. Very tasty! Thank you for sharing this!

Feb 26, 2006

Easy to make, and a nice change from "canned soup and ground beef" casseroles. The whole family loved it! I used fresh mushrooms because I had a bunch that needed to be used, but didn't change the recipe other than that.

Oct 11, 2006

I baked this for 30 min. at 350 and it was perfect. Unusual casserole, the cinnimon gives it a different flavor. My family really liked it and it will be great for easy winter food. Thanks for something new!


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  • Calories
  • 537 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.1 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 106 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 27.1 g
  • 42%
  • Fiber
  • 5.8 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 34.9 g
  • 70%
  • Sodium
  • 1183 mg
  • 47%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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