Friday, October 15, 2021

GREEK MOUSSAKA

 






GREEK MOUSSAKA

Oh boy, this was sooo good!  I savored this meal until it was finally all gone days later! Wonderful classic and this low-carb version was ever so tasty! Moussaka is to the Greek what Lasagna is to Italians.  If you love eggplant you’ll love this classic dish that is beloved of not only Greek people.  The roasted eggplant is used instead of pasta sheets.  Serve with a Greek salad or any salad of your choosing.  If you have more than the amount of eggplant suggested, make it all, as you will be so tempted to taste several pieces once they are roasted.  Roasted eggplant is so delicious!  I use the Japanese skinny eggplant; my favorite as the skins are not tough or bitter at all in my opinion, and there is no need to salt the eggplant and wait forever and a day for it to do its thing to remove the bitterness - none of that with Japanese eggplant.

Japanese eggplant: 




11/lbs Japanese eggplants (0.68 kg)
3 tbsp olive oil (45 mL)
1/tsp seasoning salt (2 mL)
11/lbs lean ground beef (0.68 kg)
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (411 g)
1/cup tomato paste (60 mL)
11/tsp salt (7 mL)
1 tsp oregano (5 mL)
1 tsp cinnamon (5 mL)
1/tsp black pepper (2 mL)
1/tsp allspice (1 mL)
1/cup grated Mozzarella cheese (125 mL)
White Sauce:
6 oz cream cheese (180 g)
11/cups almond milk, OR (375 mL)
  a mixture of whipping cream and water (half and half)
1/cup Parmesan cheese (75 mL)
3 tbsp butter (45 mL)
2 eggs, fork beaten
1/tsp salt (1 mL)
1/tsp black pepper (1 mL)

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

Cut ends of eggplant off and slice them thinly and place in large bowl.  In small bowl combine olive oil and seasoning salt. Pour over eggplant and toss to combine. Place on cookie sheets in one layer and roast eggplant about 20 minutes or until browned and either soft or crispy (some will be soft and some crispy – thinner slices will be crispy).  Set aside.

In nonstick frying pan, cook ground beef, breaking it up very small, over medium heat until browning.  Add tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, oregano, cinnamon, black pepper and allspice and continue cooking on slightly lower heat for a while.  While meat is simmering, make the white sauce.

White Sauce:  In sauce pot or frying pan, combine cream cheese (broken into small bits), almond milk, OR cream mixture, Parmesan cheese and butter.  Whisk until smooth and bubbly.  In small bowl, stir some of the sauce into eggs which have been beaten with the salt and pepper, and add back to the rest of the sauce over very low heat; remove quickly from heat as the sauce thickens.

Reduce oven heat to 350°F (180°C).  In 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) glass baking dish, layer some white sauce, eggplant, meat, and repeat ending with meat and some white sauce (won’t fully cover).  Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese to cover blank spots and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, if desired.  Bake 45 minutes and set aside for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Yield:  9 servings
1 serving
397.4 calories
22.1 g protein
30.4 g fat
1.1 g fiber
8.7 g net carbs


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