Moussaka

Moussaka

Moussaka is a Greek dish that is traditionally made with meat and dairy.  My husband and I created this recipe together and we both loved it. This recipe is entirely plant-based and absolutely delicious.  It was so good that in the middle of the night all that ran through my head was I can’t wait to have leftover Moussaka for lunch.  We served this one up with a side of Spicy Garlicky Greens.  Give it a try and let me know how you like it.

 

Ingredients:
3 medium eggplants, peeled and cut into 1/2″ slices
2 tbsp  olive oil
1 onion, sweet, chopped
4 clove garlic finely chopped
1/2 cup wine, red table
1 tbsp tomato paste, no salt
15 oz 1 can tomatoes, crushed
2 tbsp bay leaf whole
1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/8 tsp allspice, ground
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
56.7 g/2.0oz (63.2g) prepared creamy cashew nut cheese (recipe to follow)

Equipment Needed
Sharp Knive
Cutting Board
Large Sheet Pan
Pastry Brush
Tongs or Spatula
Large Saucepan
Spoon8x8x2 non-stick square baking pan

How to Moussaka
Lighly oil the sheet pan with olive oil. Place eggplant slices on the sheet pan and lightly brush with olive oil. Lightly salt and pepper the slices. Place under a hot broiler until lightly browned.  Turn and repeat on other side.

In a non stick saucepan, add 1 T of olive oil and set over medium heat. Cook for approximately 5 minutes and add the chopped garlic. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, red wine, bay leaves, ground cinnamon, and ground allspice and reduce heat to low and simmer on low for 10 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Lightly oil the 8×8 baking dish. Place a layer of eggplant on the bottom of the pan. Spoon tomato sauce over the slices. Repeat with a layer of eggplant and a layer of tomato sauce and an additional layer of eggplant. Top with Cashew Nut Cheese.  Bake in an oven at 400 for 20 minutes or until heated through. Turn on the broiler and lightly toast the cheese . Remove from oven and let set for 10 minutes before cutting.

 Serving suggestion
Make the meal complete and serve with a side of Spicy Garlicky Greens and nice Greek Salad

Serves 4

Nutrient Analysis per Serving:
Calories: 275.5
Total Fat: 10.7
Saturated Fat: 1.6
Trans Fat:  0.0
Polyunsaturated Fat:  0.0
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0
Cholesterol: 0.0
Sodium: 447.3
Carbs: 39.3
Fiber: 15.4
Sugars:  18.0
Protein: 7.5

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Cashew Nut Cheese

Ingredients:
4 oz/1 cup raw organic cashews
1 tbsp or the juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, raw
1/8 tsp salt, kosher
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup filtered water or more for a thinner creamier consistency

Equipment Needed
Vitamix or High Speed Blender
Rubber Scraper

How to
Add all ingredients to the Vitamix and turn on to low.  Turn to 10 and to High and blend adding additional water if necessary for a thinner consistency.

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