Hello everyone!!! I Just got back from walking my dog on this beautiful sunny morning. It is so colorful outside, flowers, trees, plants in the gardens are all blooming. People walking about enjoying the weather. Well, Spring is here, and Summer is just around the corner, and what I did notice is now that the weather is better, people are happier and smiling. 🙂
My latest recipe as you can see is the Classic Greek Dish Moussakas. I am sure that everyone who has traveled to Greece has tried this dish. Actually, when your walking about in the city of Athens, or Thessaloniki your usually welcomed by someone who standing outside of the Tavern, or restaurant telling you to “Come in try our dishes, we have Moussakas”. 🙂 hahahahha
- 6 large Eggplants thinly sliced round pieces
- 2 large Potatoes thinly sliced round pieces
- 800 grams of minced Beef or Lamb
- 2 -3 medium Onions diced
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
- 4 fresh graded Tomatoes
- 100 grams of White Wine
- 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon fresh Parsley chopped
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- 1 teaspoon of Sugar
- 2 – 3 tablespoons of cooking Butter
- 1 cup of shredded Cheese
- 2 Eggs beaten
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup Water
- 6 tablespoons of flour
- 4 tablespoons of cooking butter
- 4 coffee cups of Milk
- Salt and Pepper
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 handful of shredded cheese
In a large sauce pan, saute the onions, garlic in 3 tablespoons of butter. Add in the beef and stir until golden brown, then gradually add in the wine. Toss in the tomatoes, water, salt and pepper, parsley, oregano and sugar. Let this boil for about 1/2 hour. When the beef sauce is done take it off the stove and add in the beaten eggs, the breadcrumbs and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese. Set it a side.
In a large frying pan add in the 1/2 cup Olive oil or Vegetable Oil , and fry the eggplant and potatoes until lightly brown. Take a deep buttered baking pan and start layering in the potatoes, (the potatoes actually cover the bottom of your pan), and then continue layering the eggplant slices on top. Add your beef sauce on top of the eggplants and spread throughout the pan.
In a large sauce pan, melt butter on low heat with a whisk and slowly add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time, gradually add the milk, whisk continuously . Add in all the other ingredients and stir until your Bechamel sauce has thicken. Pour on top of the meat sauce and spread.
Bake at 180 degrees for 1 hour and until Bechamel sauce is golden brown.