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Moussaka

INGREDIENTS

Moussaka

3-4 eggplants (more if they are small)

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion chopped

1 garlic clove

1 lb ground beef or lamb

Salt and pepper to taste

Dash cayenne pepper (or jalepeño)

1/2 tsp cinnamon (or allspice)

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp allspice

1 tomato chopped

1 Tbsp tomato paste

2 Tbsp chopped parsley

Sprinkling of paprika

Bechamel Sauce

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp flour (or quinoa flour or oat flour if avoiding gluten)

1 1/4 cup hot cashew milk (or other nut milks or dairy milk)

Pinch ground nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

1 egg

METHOD

Preheat oven to 375degF.  Peel and slice eggplants.  Soak in salted water for 30-60 minutes.  Drain, toss in some olive oil, and roast in oven for 30 minutes.

While eggplant is roasting, saute onion in olive oil until golden.  Add meat and garlic, and stir until just turning brown.  Add seasonings: salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, and allspice.  Then add chopped tomato, tomato paste, parsley, and jalepeño.  Stir well and moisten with a little water.  Simmer until meant is cooked and water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).

Bottom layer – it could be more filled in if you have enough eggplant.

While meat is simmering, prepare the Bechamel sauce: melt butter in a saucepan at medium/medium-high heat.  Add flour and stir until well blended.  Add hot milk, stirring until it boils.  Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken (it will keep thickening once removed from heat – if it gets too thick, just add some water.  It should run like gravy).  Remove from heat, add egg, and mix well.  Stir 1-2 Tbsp of Bechamel in with the meat, and set the rest aside.

Place alternating layers of eggplant and meat mixture in a deep baking dish, starting and ending with eggplant.  Pour the Bechemel sauce over the eggplant mixture, sprinkle with paprika, and bake uncovered at 375degF for about 45 minutes, until a thin crust has formed on top.

Ready for the oven!

Chef’s notes:

*You can prepare the eggplant and beef beforehand (1-2 days max).  If you do, just prepare the Bechamel sauce (~5 min) while heating the oven.

*Don’t have an egg?  Don’t fret!  I got deep into sauce-making and realized I had no eggs.  The sauce doesn’t come out of the oven with as nice a crust, but the dish was still FANTASTIC!

*Feel free to use a smaller square baking dish, just add another layer: eggplant, meat, eggplant, meat, eggplant!

Posted: 10-21-2018

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INGREDIENTS

Moussaka

3-4 eggplants (more if they are small) 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion chopped 1 garlic clove 1 lb ground beef or lamb Salt and pepper to taste Dash cayenne pepper (or jalepeño) 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or allspice) 1/2 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp allspice 1 tomato chopped 1 Tbsp tomato paste 2 Tbsp chopped parsley Sprinkling of paprika

Bechamel Sauce

2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp flour (or quinoa flour or oat flour if avoiding gluten) 1 1/4 cup hot cashew milk (or other nut milks or dairy milk) Pinch ground nutmeg Salt and pepper to taste 1 egg METHOD Preheat oven to 375degF.  Peel and slice eggplants.  Soak in salted water for 30-60 minutes.  Drain, toss in some olive oil, and roast in oven for 30 minutes. While eggplant is roasting, saute onion in olive oil until golden.  Add meat and garlic, and stir until just turning brown.  Add seasonings: salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, and allspice.  Then add chopped tomato, tomato paste, parsley, and jalepeño.  Stir well and moisten with a little water.  Simmer until meant is cooked and water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). [caption id="attachment_4987" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Bottom layer - it could be more filled in if you have enough eggplant.[/caption] While meat is simmering, prepare the Bechamel sauce: melt butter in a saucepan at medium/medium-high heat.  Add flour and stir until well blended.  Add hot milk, stirring until it boils.  Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken (it will keep thickening once removed from heat - if it gets too thick, just add some water.  It should run like gravy).  Remove from heat, add egg, and mix well.  Stir 1-2 Tbsp of Bechamel in with the meat, and set the rest aside. Place alternating layers of eggplant and meat mixture in a deep baking dish, starting and ending with eggplant.  Pour the Bechemel sauce over the eggplant mixture, sprinkle with paprika, and bake uncovered at 375degF for about 45 minutes, until a thin crust has formed on top. [caption id="attachment_4988" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Ready for the oven![/caption] Chef's notes: *You can prepare the eggplant and beef beforehand (1-2 days max).  If you do, just prepare the Bechamel sauce (~5 min) while heating the oven. *Don't have an egg?  Don't fret!  I got deep into sauce-making and realized I had no eggs.  The sauce doesn't come out of the oven with as nice a crust, but the dish was still FANTASTIC! *Feel free to use a smaller square baking dish, just add another layer: eggplant, meat, eggplant, meat, eggplant!" ["post_title"]=> string(8) "Moussaka" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(8) "moussaka" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-10-21 13:31:09" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-10-21 17:31:09" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=4975" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#373 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(4975) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-10-21 07:53:58" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-10-21 11:53:58" ["post_content"]=> string(3541) "

INGREDIENTS

Moussaka

3-4 eggplants (more if they are small) 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion chopped 1 garlic clove 1 lb ground beef or lamb Salt and pepper to taste Dash cayenne pepper (or jalepeño) 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or allspice) 1/2 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp allspice 1 tomato chopped 1 Tbsp tomato paste 2 Tbsp chopped parsley Sprinkling of paprika

Bechamel Sauce

2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp flour (or quinoa flour or oat flour if avoiding gluten) 1 1/4 cup hot cashew milk (or other nut milks or dairy milk) Pinch ground nutmeg Salt and pepper to taste 1 egg METHOD Preheat oven to 375degF.  Peel and slice eggplants.  Soak in salted water for 30-60 minutes.  Drain, toss in some olive oil, and roast in oven for 30 minutes. While eggplant is roasting, saute onion in olive oil until golden.  Add meat and garlic, and stir until just turning brown.  Add seasonings: salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, and allspice.  Then add chopped tomato, tomato paste, parsley, and jalepeño.  Stir well and moisten with a little water.  Simmer until meant is cooked and water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). [caption id="attachment_4987" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Bottom layer - it could be more filled in if you have enough eggplant.[/caption] While meat is simmering, prepare the Bechamel sauce: melt butter in a saucepan at medium/medium-high heat.  Add flour and stir until well blended.  Add hot milk, stirring until it boils.  Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken (it will keep thickening once removed from heat - if it gets too thick, just add some water.  It should run like gravy).  Remove from heat, add egg, and mix well.  Stir 1-2 Tbsp of Bechamel in with the meat, and set the rest aside. Place alternating layers of eggplant and meat mixture in a deep baking dish, starting and ending with eggplant.  Pour the Bechemel sauce over the eggplant mixture, sprinkle with paprika, and bake uncovered at 375degF for about 45 minutes, until a thin crust has formed on top. [caption id="attachment_4988" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Ready for the oven![/caption] Chef's notes: *You can prepare the eggplant and beef beforehand (1-2 days max).  If you do, just prepare the Bechamel sauce (~5 min) while heating the oven. *Don't have an egg?  Don't fret!  I got deep into sauce-making and realized I had no eggs.  The sauce doesn't come out of the oven with as nice a crust, but the dish was still FANTASTIC! *Feel free to use a smaller square baking dish, just add another layer: eggplant, meat, eggplant, meat, eggplant!" ["post_title"]=> string(8) "Moussaka" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(8) "moussaka" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-10-21 13:31:09" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-10-21 17:31:09" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(42) "http://inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com/?p=4975" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["queried_object"]=> object(WP_Post)#373 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(4975) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-10-21 07:53:58" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-10-21 11:53:58" ["post_content"]=> string(3541) "

INGREDIENTS

Moussaka

3-4 eggplants (more if they are small) 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion chopped 1 garlic clove 1 lb ground beef or lamb Salt and pepper to taste Dash cayenne pepper (or jalepeño) 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or allspice) 1/2 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp allspice 1 tomato chopped 1 Tbsp tomato paste 2 Tbsp chopped parsley Sprinkling of paprika

Bechamel Sauce

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