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Moussaka, Vegetarian II (M/P, TNT)
Source: Self
Serves: 6

6 potatoes
3 eggplants
3 cloves garlic
A bunch of cinnamon
A bunch of cumin
Olive oil
1 onion
1 pound fake ground meat (or real ground meat, I use turkey)
250 grams tomato paste
Water as needed
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons olive oil (see note)
2 cups soy milk
Pinch of nutmeg

Slice eggplants and place in a strainer, sprinkle salt over each piece and let sit to release liquid for several hours. Pat dry.

Fry the eggplant slices in a non-stick pan after spraying them with canola spray. This is just to get them a little soft with some browning.

Slice and bake potatoes until almost cooked (a microwave is easiest for this).

Sauté onion in oil until translucent, add garlic, cinnamon, and cumin until fragrant. Add fake meat, then tomato paste, add water to thin mixture to a hearty sauce. Set aside.

Heat soy milk almost to a boil in the microwave or on the stove. In a small saucepan, heat oil. Once oil is hot whisk in flour (adjust as necessary for a nice roux) and nutmeg. Once well blended, whisk in warmed soymilk.

In a clay or glass baking pan, pour a small amount of meat sauce onto the bottom. Spread potatoes over sauce, then layer the eggplants on top, followed by the rest of the meat sauce and then the soy milk mixture. Bake at medium heat, covered, for 1 hour.

Poster's Notes: In place of olive oil for the Bechamel, I am going to try this stuff I discovered called Earth Balance. It's 100% vegan, OU Pareve, non-hydrogenated, non-GMO and replaces butter in recipes 1 for 1 as well as in function exactly - it tastes great. I got mine at Trader Joe's.

Posted by Jenny Person

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A