Friday, October 8, 2010

Greek Moussaka

Few days ago I had a lunch with a great friend...and we went in a Greek restaurant. It was very authentic and unusual in a good way, if you compare to the some popular ones like Apple bee's or O' Charles. It was refreshing to see something different. I enjoyed time that I spend with friend of mine in a beautiful Greek restaurant.. So I decided to challenge myself by making this week Greek week. I will make everyday meals that are reminder of Greece and their cuisine. I am on a mission. Searched and researched their most popular recipes, and of course I will try to make it in my own way. I also want to tell you that Greek cuisine is typical Mediterranean cuisine, which is sharing characters of Italy, the Balkans and Turkey cuisines, you can find bit of many cultures in their authentic dishes. Beautiful country, with happy people, and super tasty food...
So today I will prepare Moussaka...

Ingredinets: 
  • 1 big egg-plant, or 2 smaller ones
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion,
  • 1/2 cup grated friganies, which is toasted bread, or you can use plain bred crumbs.
  • ( if you can't find original friganies than use whole wheat toast)
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Creme sauce:
  • 3 cups of milk, 
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4-5 eggs
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 6 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 handful feta cheese
  1. To make a sauce just mix the eggs, and add all the ingredients along with a eggs in a pot. Stir very well, until it is smooth. Put on the side.
  2. Before staring this dish take a eggplant, peel and slice, place it in a bowl of salted water of about 15 min.
  3. In a meanwhile, prepare the ground beef. Put the minced onions with some olive oil, let that sauté for few min. and then add 1/2 cup of water. 
  4. Again after few minutes, put beef, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic. Stir it, and wait until the meat is all brown to add tomato sauce. 
  5. When the liquid is all gone, put the pan on the side, and now you can take your sliced egg plant and put in the oven, brush with some oil and let it bake for 10 minutes. 
  6. After all is done and ready start to place the egg plant on the bottom of the baking pan, toss some bread crumbs, followed by beef mixture( you can make more then one layer, it is optional), tosted whole wheat toast, and then egg sauce. Top it with some Romano graded Cheese. Place it in the oven on 375F(190C) for 35-40 minutes.

As I was writing all this my Moussaka was baking; I just pulled it out, and the smell and  taste is just amazing, I can even explain how warm and comforting this dinner is going to be. Just to make a photos and I am posting it! I did changed few thinks. In original recipe you have to put white wine, and tomato chunks in a meat mixture.
Please come and visit me this week, because I will have typical Mediterranean Greek cuisine. 

Kalí óreksi!

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