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Today I’ll show you my Moussaka Recipe.
Just last week it was there again, this discussion whether we cook lasagna or musaka.
For me the decision is easy, I like the combination of potatoes, eggplant and tomato juices very much.
Here we go, here’s your trusted chef and I’ll show you a delicious dish for the oven.
There are advantages to reading on, I’ve hidden a secret bechamel sauce for you.
In the following story I will give you good tips that will awaken your cooking genius and show you several variations of the Greek casserole with eggplant.
Table of Contents
1. Recipe Moussaka
Following now the ingredients and shopping list and step by step instructions.
Good luck and a good appetite!
A casserole recipe, cooked, photographed and written down by professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Simple instructions for preparing moussaka.
Hackfleischsoße oder Veggie Soße
|1||small onion (I like to use shallots)|
|1||pc||clove of garlic (In winter I prefer 2 cloves of garlic)|
|1||bunch||Soup vegetables (Carrots, celery, parsley root finely chopped)|
|500||g||minced meat from beef (Original with minced lamb, alternatively soy/ mushroom product or leave aside)|
|100||ml||dry red wine|
|1||tbs||balsamico (I use an old, ripe balsamic vinegar.)|
|1/4||tsp||Salt (I like to use Himalaya salt.)|
|400||g||Potatoes (I’m using waxy potatoes)|
Secret Bechamel Sauce
|5||pinches||Salt (I prefer to use ursalt.)|
Decoration and Accessories
|100-150||g||grated parmesan or pecorino (Original is Kefalotiri, a Greek hard cheese)|
|1/4||bunch||thyme (I also like to use marjoram/oregano.)|
Prepare Minced Meat Sauce
Put olive oil and butter in a pan and heat. Peel onions and garlic.
Finely dice onions and garlic.
Peel and finely dice the soup vegetables.
Fry the minced meat in a pan, add the vegetable, garlic and onion cubes and sauté for 10 minutes.
For the veggie version, leave out the minced meat or use a substitute product.
Add the tomato paste.
Roast the minced meat and vegetables with the tomato paste until light brown.
Then optionally deglaze with the red wine and boil down briefly.
Add the tomatoes and bring to the boil.
Flavour the ragout with a little lemon grater, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar, simmer gently for at least 15 minutes.
Cut the peeled potatoes into 2 mm thick slices, the eggplants into 4 mm thick slices.
Prepare the secret bechamel:
Mix cold water with starch, stir in the crème fraîche, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Fill in and bake the Casserole
Place the potato slices in a baking dish.
Cover with tomato sauce and add a few slices of secret bechamel.
Place the aubergine slices in the sauce and add the vegetables.
Mix the last layer with aubergines and potatoes, the vegetables should be in the sauce.
Then sprinkle with the cheese.
Cook the casserole in the oven for a good 50 minutes at 180°C hot air.
Check the degree of cooking with the needle sample:
If the fork is easy to prick, the casserole is ready.
Set the table and arrange the casserole on plates, decorate with thyme and serve quickly.
In this way of preparation I have deliberately renounced a classical béchamel sauce, so that it goes faster.
Just try the secret Béchamel Sauce and write me a comment how you liked it.
2. Calories and Nutritional Values
3. The Right Potato Variety for Moussaka
Boiling potatoes, also bacon potatoes are ideal for this oven dish.
You can also prepare casseroles with a mainly waxy potato.
However, the consistency and taste is best with the waxy potatoes.
3.1 Overview of the Cooking Properties of Potatoes and Use of Table Potatoes
While writing the article I searched for this potato thing and didn’t really find what I was looking for in the big G. I was very impressed with the potato thing.
Therefore I made a short overview with the help of my professional cookbook collection.
All these names around the great tuber make you smoke your head!
I hope it will help you if you stand helpless in front of the potato mountains in the supermarket again.
Really now! Thank God there is only one kind of eggplant, otherwise this article would become a doctoral thesis…
Mainly waxy table potatoes as a side dish to dishes with sauces and dips, casseroles, soups, stews, potato pancakes, boiled potatoes, jacket potatoes, fried potatoes and French fries.
Flour-boiling table potatoes for mashed potatoes, potato dumplings and potato dumplings, potato dumplings, puff pastry, croquettes, baked potatoes, soups and stews.
Floury cooking potatoes are unsuitable for potato salad, fried potatoes, peel and boiled potatoes and gratins!
4. Prepare Minced Meat Sauce or Vegetarian Sauce for Moussaka
Here are some tips and an overview…
- Brown the minced meat with the vegetables or save money and cook vegetarian.
- Sweat onions, garlic and finely chopped soup vegetables in olive oil and butter to create a fine taste.
- Take your time here… Let 10 minutes sweat is great!
- Add tomato paste and fry lightly.
- This gives a roasted taste and a darker colour!
- Deglaze with red wine and bring to the boil, add chunky tomatoes.
- Flavour with lemon zest, old balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar.
- Cook the ragout with meat for at least 35 minutes to improve the flavour.
- Vegetarian ragout can be further processed after 15 minutes.
- If you need the illusion of meat in a ragout, vegetarian minced meat made from mushrooms or soy minced meat can be added.
Elsewhere you will find the recipe minced meat sauce in 2 variants with many more tips.
5. More Matching Ideas
Comments, Cooking Questions and Answers
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