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Greek Style Moussaka

 

53

Yield

6

servings

Prep

60

min

Cook

60

min

Ready

120

min

Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber
 

Ingredients

3 medium eggplant
*
½ cup vegetable oil
3 large onions
chopped fine
2 pounds ground lamb
or beef
3 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup red wine
*
½ cup parsley leaves
chopped
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
ground
*
1 x salt
*
1 x black pepper
freshly ground
*
¼ pound butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 quart milk
4 large eggs
beaten until frothy
1 x nutmeg
grated
*
2 cups ricotta cheese
or cottage cheese
1 cup bread crumbs
fine
1 cup Parmesan cheese
grated

Directions

Peel the eggplants and cut them into slices about ½ inch thick.

Brown the slices quickly in ¼ cup of the oil.

Set aside. Heat the remaining oil in the same skillet and cook the onions until they are brown.

Add the ground meat and cook 10 minutes.

Pour off excess fat. Combine the tomato paste with the wine, parsley, cinnamon, salt and peper.

Stir this mixture into the meat and simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, until all the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove the mixture from the fire.

Preheat the oven to 375℉ (190℃).

Make a white sauce by melting the butter and blending in the flour, stirring with a wire whisk.

Meanwhile, bring the milk to a boil and add it gradually to the butter-flour mixture, stirring constantly.

When the mixture is thickened and smooth, remove it from the heat.

Cook slightly and stir in the beaten eggs, nutmeg and ricotta.

Grease an 11x16-inch pan and sprinkle the bottom lightly with crumbs.

Arrange alternate layers of the eggplant and the meat sauce in the pan, sprinkling each layer with Parmesan and crumbs.

Pour the ricotta sauce over the top and bake 1 hour, or until top is golden.

Remove from the oven and cool 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

Cut into squares and serve. The flavors in this dish really improve if you make it a day ahead.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 556g (19.6 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 113464% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 81g 125%
Saturated Fat 34g 170%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 377mg 126%
Sodium 780mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Sugars g
Protein 126g
Vitamin A 35% Vitamin C 24%
Calcium 58% Iron 31%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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