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NY Times Moussaka Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Gayle DeGregori

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
4 large eggplant, about 1 pounds each
6 TB Greek olive oil, plus a little to coat eggplant; Kosher salt to taste
4 medium onions & 6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes in tomato puree
cup parsley, minced, 2 teaspoons dried oregano
teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 pounds ground lamb, cups dry white wine, Black pepper to taste
4 pinches freshly grated nutmeg, 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons flour, 2 cups hot, scalded milk, White pepper, to taste, 4 eggs
10 tablespoons fresh bread crumbs;1 cup grated kefalotyri cheese or Pecorino Romano

Directions:
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375. Prick eggplants several times with a fork. Rub a little olive oil into their skins. On a large baking sheet, roast eggplants until soft, about 30 minutes, turning frequently. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick round slices. 2. In a saute pan, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil over high heat and brown eggplant slices lightly on each side. Do this in batches, adding more oil as necessary. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Set aside. 3. In a saucepan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 onion and 2 garlic cloves, and saute until tender. Add tomatoes and their puree, squeezing them into coarse chunks. Add parsley, oregano, cinnamon and vinegar. Stir well. Simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Reserve. 4. In a large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add remaining onions and garlic. Saute 5 minutes. Add lamb and brown well, breaking up pieces with a wooden spoon. Add wine and bring to a boil. Cook until wine has nearly evaporated. 5. Season lamb with salt, black pepper and 2 pinches of nutmeg. Stir in 1 cup of reserved tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour, covered; 6. In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat, and gradually whisk in flour. Cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Do not let this brown. Add hot milk and whisk rapidly to combine. Bring to a slow boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring frequently, until smooth and thickened. Season with salt, white pepper and remaining 2 pinches nutmeg. Let cool slightly. 7). In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and whisk in a spoonful of bechamel. Whisk in remaining bechamel in a thin stream, and adjust seasoning. 8). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Assemble moussaka: Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs across the bottom of a large baking dish (18-by-8-by-3 inches) and cover crumbs evenly with half the eggplant slices. Drain as much oil from lamb mixture as possible, and spread the meat over the eggplant layer. Top meat with half the cheese, then with half the remaining bread crumbs. Place remaining eggplant slices on top of the bread crumbs, then add the bechamel, remaining cheese and remaining bread crumbs in even layers. Dot with remaining butter. 9). Bake for 45 minutes, until well browned. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, about 15 minutes. Cut into 3-inch squares to serve. Serve with the extra tomato sauce.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Gayle DeGregori specialty. When the 3 kids were young they asked what the eggplant was and were told it was pears.They always took i it and hid it in various places around the dining room table. The dogs wouldn't eat it so a nearby plant or vase, under the chair cushion, or in Roger's case either barf it back up onto his plate or put it in his jacket pocket.

 

 

 

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