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Easy Moussaka

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on August 22, 2012.

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Ingredients:

Easy Moussaka

  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced into ½-inch rounds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1-pound lean ground beef and/or lamb
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg1/2teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes (canned)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup cream (may substitute with whole milk)

Directions:

  1. Preheat electric oven to 375°F.
  2. Brush eggplant rounds with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and brown eggplant.
  4. Remove eggplant and place on paper towel to drain; set aside.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in same large skillet over medium-high heat and cook onions and garlic for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the ground meat and brown completely; drain the excess fat and liquid from the pan.
  7. Add the spices and tomatoes to the meat mixture.
  8. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Spray a 13" by 9" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and layer meat mixture first, then eggplant and top with parmesan.
  10. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, eggs and cream.
  11. Season with salt and pepper and pour over casserole.
  12. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
  13. Allow moussaka to sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Makes 16 servings.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving (not including salt to taste):
160 calories, 11 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 80 mg cholesterol, greater than 150 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 10 g protein

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