Thursday, 17 May 2007
Moussaka - Vegetarian Eggplant and Cheese Recipe
(Vegetarian Eggplant & Cheese)
4 eggplant, - stems removed
2 tsp Salt
1/4 cup oil
4 Cloves garlic, - chopped fine
1/2 cup Tomato sauce
170g Tomato paste
1.5 cups Water
2 Eggs, beaten
225g Mozzarella cheese, grated
1. Cut each eggplant lengthwise into 3 equal slices. Sprinkle with the salt and let stand for 20
minutes, dry the slices on paper towels to absorb the liquid that accumulates. Set aside.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a pan and stir-fry the garlic over moderate heat until golden,
about 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water and mix well. Simmer the sauce over low heat until it becomes thickened, about 15 minutes.
3. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in askillet. Dip the eggplant slices into the beaten eggs and fry over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Fry all the eggplant slices this way.
4. Put a layer of eggplant in a heatproof casserole dish. Cover with about 1/2 cup of the cooked tomato sauce. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of the grated cheese. Cover this another layer of eggplant, then sauce, then cheese. The last layer (there should be three) ends with the cheese. Bake in a preheated 180C/350F oven for 30mins.
Serve warm. Serves 6 with spaghetti or other dishes.
.... Just another day ....