It being fall, the garden is winding down but there are still eggplants to pick in my garden. Kinda tired of the usual stuff I make with eggplants so I did some research and came up with moussaka, a Greek eggplant casserole. I made it once long ago and remembered it as tasty. This recipe is from food network and is by Emeril Lagasse, he of the “Bam” exclamation. It is a fair amount of work; took me about 90 minutes to put it together, 45 minutes to bake and another 50 minutes of resting time before you can cut into it. Gotta say it was worth the effort. Everyone who ate it were crazy about the flavors.
My alterations: I used a mixture of ground pork and ground lamb (recipe is 50/50 ground beef and ground lamb) and subbed in white wine for red as that was all I had. Ditto in my subbing of a red onion for the yellow onion and chopped fresh tomatoes for the crushed tomatoes. Sometimes I am unwilling to make a second run to the grocery store to spend $ for something if I can sub in a different but similar ingredient. To make it gf I used white rice flour; it was okay; next time I am trying brown rice flour or a flour blend to see if it sticks tighter and browns better. Worked but not sure white rice was the best flour choice. I used brown rice flour in the sauce but I am guessing any gf flour will work. The cheese I used was fresh grated Parmesan; three choices are provided. Never heard of Kefalotiri and I am allergic to Romano. Plus: that’s what I had in the cheese drawer.
I read some of the comments people made on the recipe; I’m thinking about roasting my eggplant slices if I am in a hurry. I used less oil than the recipe and some of my oil was canola as I was running out of olive oil; couldn’t tell the difference in the final product. I might add a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg next time too, and there will be a next time as this tastes amazing. PS: I used a mixture of whole milk and 1 percent for the béchamel sauce.
This recipe is too involved to put in my post; here is a link to the recipe. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/eggplant-and-potato-moussaka-recipe.html
Have fun making it; a great recipe for 2-3 folks to work on together. Super entrée choice for a family gathering. Enjoy!