Moussaka, a Greek Food Favorite
A Popular Choice in Greek Recipes With Eggplant and topped with a Creamy Bechamel Sauce for a rich flavorful dish... How about a Greek Salad for a suggestion in side dishes... Yummy!
Moussaka with Eggplant and a flavorful meat filling is one of the favorites for Greek Food. With a creamy Bechamel Sauce topping, this is one delicious popular pick in Greek Recipes for a definite tasty winner in good foods.
This Moussaka is one of the favorite dinner choices that I like in Greek Recipes when I'm having dinner guests. I like to use fresh parsley, garlic, red wine and ground beef for the meat filling. When I make the Bechamel Sauce, I like to use the whipping cream, which makes the sauce very rich and creamy. With fresh Parmesan Cheese grated on top makes this dish a delicious choice.
Make those dinner guests really smile and serve a fabulous Greek Salad along side the Moussaka. With a great pick for Dessert Recipes, like the authentic Baklava if you really daring or a lighter choice like a Chocolate Mousse would be light and fantastic. How about topping of your Greek Food Night with a night cap? A pick in the Drink Recipes would be the ultimate.
5 large eggplants
Remove 1/2 inch wide strips of peel lengthwise from eggplant leaving 1/2 inch peel between the strips. Cut into 1/2 inch rounds, sprinkle with salt. Place in a colander and cover with heavy weighted plate for 1/2 hour. Rinse and pat dry eggplant rounds.
4 tablespoons of butter
3 pounds of ground beef
3 medium white onions, chopped
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 large bay leaf
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground peppercorns
1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup grated kefalotiri (Greek Cheese) or parmesan cheese (reserve 1/2 cup for garnish)
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
Melt butter in saucepan and saute ground beef and onions until brown. Add tomato paste, parsley, bay leaf, wine, salt, pepper and water. Simmer until liquid has reduced and has absorbed. Cool. Stir in Cinnamon, 1/2 cup cheese, and half the seasoned breadcrumbs. Set aside. Don't forget to remove the bay leaf when ready to spoon into your baking dish.
6 tablespoons butter
8 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 quart of whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground peppercorns
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3 large eggs, beaten
Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add flour and stir until well blended. Remove from heat, and gradually stir in whipping cream. Return to heat and cook, stirring until sauce is thick and creamy smooth. Add salt, ground pepper and nutmeg. Combine eggs with a little of the hot sauce, then stir egg mixture back into sauce and cook over very low heat for 2 minutes. Stirring constantly.
Lightly brush eggplant slices with italian olive oil on both sides. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and broil until lightly browned. Set aside to cool. This just takes a couple of minutes, watch carefully.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sprinkle bottom of a 10 x 16 inch baking dish, (you may need two) with remaining breadcrumbs. Place a layer of eggplant slices on the breadcrumbs, then spread meat mixture over eggplant slices. Cover meat with remaining eggplant slices. Spoon sauce over eggplant. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup grated cheese. Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve Warm.
Moussaka can be prepared up to the cream sauce part and finished the next day. For one of another best in timesavers, this can also be baked, cooled, frozen and reheated.
Makes about 10 15 servings. this favorite in Greek Recipes!
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Moussaka, a favorite in Greek Food with a choice in Salad Recipes would be an excellent suggestion. How about a Fresh Greek Salad or the popular Caesar Salad?
Serve the Greek Salad Recipe in individual bowls and use the excellent Salad Dressing on the bottom for dipping a Fantastic Garlic Bread Recipe into for another yummy treat.
How about one of the Dessert Recipes to add to your menu? One of my picks would have to be the Decadent Cheesecake Recipe with White Belgian Chocolate. I would say that this choice will go over really really well and just watch those smiles turn into grins!
If you really are wanting something a little lighter, then I suggest you try the Chocolate Mousse with Belgian Chocolate and Kahlua Whipped Cream, a favorite in the Chocolate Recipes, this is one fantastic light choice and would be a great add on to your rich and creamy Moussaka!
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