Mousakka Preparation Part 1
|Mozzarella cheese||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Parmesan cheese||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Breadcrumbs||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Ground beef||1 Pound|
|Onion||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Minced garlic||2 Clove (10 gm)|
|Freshly chopped parsley||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Chopped tomatoes/Juice of 0.5 can of tomato juice||2|
|Olive oil||2 Tablespoon|
|Butter||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Flour||2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)|
|Milk||3 Cup (48 tbs)|
Slice the potatoes and eggplants into 1/2-inch slices. Place the slices on an oil pan in the oven for 10 minutes. Flip the eggplant and potatoes and cook the other side for another 10 minutes. Once eggplant is ready, remove from the pan and let them dry on paper towel.
To prepare the meat:
In a large skillet over high heat, add the olive oil, ground beef, onion, and garlic. Next add salt, pepper, and parsley. Once the meat has browned add the tomato juice. Let the meat cook until all the juice is gone. Be sure to stir the meat continuously. Once the meat has cooked, set aside.
To prepare the béchamel sauce:
In a medium pot, heat the butter and mix in the flour. Add 3 cups of milk to the mixture. Stir continuously as the mixture begins to thicken. Once the mixture begins to boil, it will thicken. If you find that your mixture is lumpy, simply strain it. Once the sauce has begun to thicken, remove it from the heat.
Now that you have prepared the vegetables, the meat, and the sauce you can now begin assembling the moussaka.
Preheat the oven at 325 degrees.
Lightly brush a medium size pan with olive oil. Place your potato slices on the bottom of the pan. Next, layer the pan with about half of your sliced eggplants. Next, spread about half of the shredded mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
Next, add the cooked ground beef. Spread the mixture evenly onto the cheese.
Place the remaining slices of eggplant over the meat. Spread the remainder of the mozzarella cheese on top of the eggplant.
Before you add your sauce to the moussaka, fold in 3 beaten eggs into your béchamel sauce. Once the eggs are mixed in, pour the sauce evenly over the moussaka. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese and about half a cup of breadcrumbs over the moussaka.
Cook at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
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