Well, I just started following the Forbiddenriceblog. There is so much good information on her blog and I love it. Once I read today how she made the carrot apple drink I love so much I was sold. She puts grapes in her drink, I think I will give it a try. After all, it looks good.
Anywhoooooo, she made a vegetarian Moussaka, which I had never heard of but it looked so good I had to try it. I went out to my local grocery to buy all the items that I did not have on hand for this wonderful meal tonight.
I used her instructions but she did not tell when to put in the tomato paste so I added it. Now, let’s get started….
Vegetarian Moussaka (this is from the forbiddenriceblog)
While the red sauce is cooking, slice off the top and bottom ends of each eggplant. Cut the eggplant lengthwise, into slabs about ¼-inch thick. Sprinkle each slice, on both sides, with sea salt. Set in a colander in the sink for 30-40 minutes, allowing the eggplant to sweat. (This removes the bitterness from the eggplant.) After the vegetable has had time to sweat, rinse well under cold running water. Pat dry with a dish towel or paper towels.
Preheat your oven to 500°F. Lightly brush each side of the eggplant with oil before lightly sprinkling with salt and pepper. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet or two. Bake for 12-14 minutes, turning halfway through, to achieve a nice dry char on both sides of each eggplant slice. Remove to a cooling rack until the eggplant comes to room temperature.
Mine did not come out as well. I was very disappointed that it was not cooking as it should.
Prepare the potatoes:
Slice the potatoes into rounds about 1/8-inch thick. Heat enough oil in a large frying pan to reach a depth of about ¼-inch. Fry the potatoes in single-layered batches over medium-high heat, for 7-8 minutes until they’re tender but still pale in color. Remove from the oil to paper towels to drain. Continue doing this until all the potatoes have been cooked. Increase the heat to high and fry the potatoes until crisp and golden brown on each side (30-60 seconds). Drain well on paper towels again.
For the béchamel sauce:
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
1 bay leaf
¼ medium onion
2 whole cloves
1/8 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
3 egg yolks
½ cup goat cheese
the zest from one whole lemon
salt and white pepper, to taste
For the moussaka:
2 pounds large globe eggplant (about 3 small eggplants)
3 medium sized russet potatoes, peeled
1 cup shredded parmesan and/or romano cheese
So this really does take a long time I was very tired by the end. Here is my completed dish
It is too late to have it for dinner tonight so we will have it tomorrow. I will let you know how it taste.