Παρασκευή, 9 Οκτωβρίου 2009

Traditional cooking from Greece!




Mousaka (With Eggplant)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chopped meat
  • 3 tablespoons butter or lard
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1 cu2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 or 4 round eggplants (medium size)
  • Salt, pepper sauce (

Ingredients for white sauce (béchamel)

  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • salt, white pepper

Brown onions in butter or lard. Add chopped meat, mixing constantly until mixture becomes crumbly. Add tomato sauce, wine, water, salt, pepper, parsley and nutmeg. Cover pan and cook for one hour over low heat. In the meantime, cut the eggplants length side in slices about inch thick. Salt them, let them strain in a colander and fry in deep fat. Let the fried eggplants strain again. Prepare a thick white sauce (Béchamel) with milk, flour, butter, salt, white pepper and grated nutmeg. Add eggs. Arrange eggplants in shallow pan with a few breadcrumbs. Remove chopped meat from heat add half the grated cheese and half of the breadcrumbs. Spread evenly over the eggplants. Pour the white sauce evenly over this and sprinkle the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs on top. Pour some melted butter over the top and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Cool slightly and cut in squares. Good for 6-8 servings.

NOTE: Moussaka can also be made with only potatoes, or potatoes and eggplants, or with eggplants, potatoes and pumpkins.

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