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Vegetarian Moussaka Recipe

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Published October 14th 2011
This can be a time consuming dish to make, you need to pre-cook all your veggies, and you spend quite a while preparing and cooking before you even get a chance to taste it. Saying this, moussaka is a very tasty dish that is definitely worth a try. This isn't a traditional recipe, as you'll often find them containing meat, but vegetarians and meat eaters will both want seconds.



You Will Need:

1 large eggplant, thinly sliced
1 large zucchini, thinly sliced
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 small head of cauliflower, broken into small florets
1 onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tin (440g) diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

30g butter
1 1/4 cups of milk
Pepper
Nutmeg
1 egg beaten
1/3 cup grated parmesan
1/3 Light shredded tasty cheese




1. Sprinkle salt over eggplant slices and then set aside. After thirty minutes ring them under water and pat dry with some paper towel. This helps to remove some of the bitter flavour eggplants can have.
2. Preheat the oven to 190ºC.
3. Heat oil in a frypan over medium head. First place eggplant and zucchini slices in pan and brown lightly on both sides.
4. Toss cauliflower in pan with some oil until lightly browned, then brown potato slices on both sides.
5. Fry onion and garlic in the pan until lightly browned. Cover with diced tomatoes and oregano. Leave to simmer for around 10 minutes.
6. Begin layering vegetables in a casserole dish. Top with tomato sauce and then repeat. Finish with a layer of eggplant, not sauce.
7. Cover with Alfoil, place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.



8. In a saucepan bring butter, flour, and milk to the boil. Whisk mixture while cooking till mixture is thick and lump free.
9. Season with pepper and nutmeg, and once cooled add in beaten egg.
10. Remove vegetables from the oven and cover with white sauce.
11. Sprinkle evenly with parmesan and tasty cheese.
12. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.



Once the moussaka is finished baking it is time to serve it up and enjoy. It can be a big enough meal on its own, but you can also enjoy it as a side with some sausages or a steak, or just with a light salad. How you serve it is up to you.


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Why? A Greek favourite with a twist
When: Dinner
Where: The kitchen
Cost: Cheap
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