Moussaka


Moussaka
Here is my personal version of this famous recipe from the eastern Mediterranean. It's a kind of gratin, made with layers of aubergines, cooked meat with tomatos and bechamel sauce with cheese.
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Last modified on: August 1st 2011

For 2 people, you will need:

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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
1 hour 28 min.1 hour 25 min.2 hours 53 min.
Keeping: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 20 min.
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Wash 1 egg-plant or aubergine and cut into thin slices.

Salt them and put in a strainer for about one hour, until some of the juice runs out.

Stage 2 - 20 min.
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Meanwhile, peel 1 tomato, remove seeds and cut into pieces.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Stage 4 - 1 min.
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Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan. When hot put in the aubergine slices.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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Cook for 4 or 5 minutes while stirring, then transfer onto absorbant paper.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
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In the same pan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. When hot, add the chopped onion and cook for one minute.

Add 167 g minced beef.

Stage 7 - 20 min.
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Cook meat until it browned, then salt, pepper, and add 13 Bouquet garni and 1 garlic clove en chemise.

Stage 8 - 1 min.
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Add tomatoes.

Stage 9 - 30 min.
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Mix well, cover, and cook on low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
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After this time, uncover, discard bouquet garni and garlic.

Stage 11 - 18 min.
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Prepare bechamel sauce. When ready add 67 g feta in small pieces.

Stage 12 - 3 min.
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Preheat oven to 392°F (200°C).

Butter a gratin dish, and arrange half the aubergine slices in a layer in the bottoom.

Stage 13 - 3 min.
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Cover with half the meat.

Stage 14 - 3 min.
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Cover with half the bechamel.

Stage 15 - 10 min.
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Repeat these 3 layers, and finish by sprinkling with some cheese.

Stage 16 - 30 min.
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Cook in the oven until top is golden brown (about 30 minutes).

Remarks

As with all gratin style dishes, moussaka can be made in advance, even frozen to be reheated when required.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

Home made.

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