MAKE YOUR OWN GREEK MOUSSAKA
Winter is here, and I thought I might share some great Greek recipes. Of course, everyone knows the Greek salad (which is a relatively simple dish, but you really have to taste it in Greece to get the right idea about it). I thought I might go with something less obvious and introduce you to Moussaka, which is a Greek casserole made from minced meat and eggplants, it is something like a super yummy eggplant lasagne.
So here’s what you’ll need to make Moussaka Santorini style:
- 2 medium eggplants,
- olive oil (as needed),
- ½ kilo of lean ground beef,
- 2 medium onions (peeled and chopped),
- 2 tablespoons of fresh minced garlic (you can use more, if you like!),
- 1 (250g) can of tomato sauce,
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano,
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper.
To make the cheese sauce, you’ll need:
- 3 tablespoons of butter,
- ½ teaspoon of seasoned salt (or regular salt),
- ½ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper,
- 2 tablespoons of flour,
- 1 cup of cream,
- 1 egg, ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (of course you can use more, everyone likes cheese).
First, grease a baking pan, then peel the eggplants and cut them in 2cm thick slices (of course, this isn’t rocket science, so thicker slices are OK. You will find your perfect thickness if you make this dish several times). Put a small coat of olive oil on each slice and seasoned them with salt and pepper (as desired). Put them on a thin baking pan and put in the oven until they get brown and then flip them and bake a bit more.
In a large pan mix the beef with onions and cook until the beef is no longer pink and the onions are soft. When you are done with that, strain the remaining grease and fat from the pan. Add garlic, tomato sauce, oregano, ½ tablespoon of salt, black pepper.
Put half of the eggplant slices in the baking tray, cover them, with the meat mixture and put the remaining eggplant slices on top.
FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE: Melt the butter in a pan, whisk in flour, ½ tablespoon of salt and pepper, and gradually stir in cream or milk. Cook and stir this mixture over medium heat until it gets thick and starts to bubble.
In a bowl beat egg and stir in some hot sauce. Afterwards add it to the sauce mixture, mix well, add Parmesan cheese and mix again.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180o C for 45 minutes.
Cut the Moussaka into squares and enjoy this wonderful winter dish, preferably with a glass of good wine and some fresh salad.