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This is the version from 2010-10-28. Last updated 2013-09-24
See below for lentil moussaka variation.
(Inspired by MyRecipes.com)
Note: Much of this has to happen concurrently. I usually start the eggplant while working on the sauce. Once the sauce is going, I finish up the eggplant while also prepping the potatoes. Once the eggplant is finished, I work on the bchamel and the potatoes.
To prepare meat mixture, cook meat in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until browned; stir to crumble. Remove from pan; drain. Set aside. Wipe skillet with paper towels.
Add onion to pan coated with cooking spray; saut 5 minutes. Add meat and rest of the meat mixture ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cook until thick (about 30 minutes).
(We simmer the onions for about 5-10 min, then just add the beef to that. It may need to be drained though)
(The instructions for the eggplant were updated on2014-03-25 based on 2014-03-23)
Preheat oven to 450°F. Place slices of eggplant on a tray and spray with pam. Sprinkle generously with salt. Roast for 15 minutes until well cooked. No need to flip and can do multiple trays at once.
(Alternatively, broiling the eggplant gives better and crispier slices but in the end, thatdoesn't matter. However, the original instructions are below)
Place half of eggplant slices on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray or on a wire wrack on baking sheet (makes them more crispy). Spray slices with pam (or olive oil). Sprinkle generously with salt (only salt one side).Broil 4 to 8__minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat procedure with remaining eggplant.
To prepare sauce, cook 1-1/2 cups milk and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat to 180°F or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Remove from heat. Combine 1/2 cup milk, egg whites, flour, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; gradually add the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return milk mixture to pan, and cook until thick (about 15 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Cook potato slices in boiling water 5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well.
Arrange potatoes in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange half the eggplant slices over potatoes. Pour half meat mixture over eggplant, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese. Arrange remaining eggplant over cheese, and top with the remaining meat mixture. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese. Spread sauce over cheese, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes. Garnish with oregano sprigs, if desired.
Cook in aseparate pot, 1-1/4 cups lentils in 2-1/2 cups of water. Bring to a "rapid simmer" and reduce heat to a "gentle simmer" for15-20 minutes until the lentils are just slightly undercooked. (older lentils take longer). Add water as needed to keep the lentils submerged. (see this Kitchn post for details)
While the lentils are cooking, make the traditional "meat" mixture (sans meat obviously). Approximately multiply all seasonings (_except _salt)by 1.5x. (Rather than "heaping " measures, I did a regular doubled measure).
Drain the lentils and add to the other mixture. Proceed as usual
(Lentil variation based on 2013-03-02 and 2013-09-23)
Original WP Post ID: 6671
Original WP Pub Date: 2013-09-19_095942