A simplified Greek Moussaka recipe is made by layering eggplant with a spiced meat filling and topping off with a delicious creamy sauce.
This is just about the absolutely best way to eat eggplant. All that creamy cheesy goodness.
I have been wanting to prepare this casserole for a some time now., However, I had to make sure the hubby was out of town. He won’t eat eggplant. It’s not that he doesn’t like it. He actually never tasted it. He doesn’t like the name. His mind just can’t get past the name. I can be sneaky only so much. I am afraid I just couldn’t be sneaky enough to get him to embrace this dish.
There is definitely something special about casseroles. I believe that everyone needs a casserole dish in their repertoire, like a homey creamy casserole, brimming with cheesy sweet and savory stuffing. One that is their hands-down-favorite that everyone loves to eat and is easy to make. One that is sheer comfort food. One that puts a smile on everyone’s face when they smell the wonderful aroma of it cooking in the kitchen or coming to their table.. Did you know the casserole originated in France. It was a way to cook and serve the meal in the same dish.
This week, the Sunday Supper movement is sharing casserole dishes with all of you. Many types such as ragout, hotpot, cassoulet, tajine, carbonnade and don’t forget all the desserts. Thank you to our host this week Alice of A Cooking Mizer.
- 6 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ cup red wine
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- 1½ cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (one 15-ounce can)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Fresh-ground black pepper
- 1 eggplant (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into ¼-inch slices
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- Pre-heat the broiler.
- In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderate heat.
- Add the shallot and garlic; cook until starting to soften, about 3 minutes.
- Add the ground beef and cook until the meat loses its pink color. (about 2 minutes).
- Stir in the wine, tomato paste, tomatoes, cinnamon, allspice, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. (remove cinnamon stick and discard)
- Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with the remaining 5 tablespoons oil and season with ⅛ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
- Put the eggplant slices on a large baking sheet and broil, 6 inches from the heat, until browned, about 5 minutes.
- Flip the eggplant and broil until browned on the other side, about 5 minutes longer.
- In a small saucepan, combine the cream cheese, milk, ⅛ teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper, over low heat until just melted.
- Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Layer half the eggplant in the dish, then half the meat sauce
- Sprinkle with half the Parmesan.
- Repeat with the remaining eggplant, meat sauce, and Parmesan.
- Spoon the cream-cheese sauce on top;
- Broil until just starting to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Remove from oven.
- Cool about 10 minutes then cut into squares.
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Check out all of these recipes and don’t forget to join us for a twitter chat at 4pm PT to talk about all things Casserole! It’s sure to be a captivating conversation!
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