Monday, February 20, 2012

Beef & Potato Moussaka

There are 2 parts to this meal: The main part, and the sauce...

Prep: 40 min          Bake: 1 hour + 10 min standing time

For the main part you will need:
  1. 1 lb. Ground Beef
  2. 1/2 Medium onion, chopped
  3. 1 Garlic clove, minced
  4. 3/4 c. Water, room temperature
  5. 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  6. 3 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  7. 1 tsp. Salt
  8. 1/2 tsp. Dried mint (optional)
  9. 1/4 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  10. 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  11. 5 Medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced into circles

For the sauce you will need:
  1. 1/4 c. Butter, cubed
  2. 1/4 c. All-purpose flour
  3. 2 c. Milk
  4. 4 Eggs, lightly beaten
  5. 1/2 c. Grated fresh parmesan cheese
  6. 1/2 tsp. Salt
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic together over medium heat. Cook until beef is brown and onions are tender. Drain any excess grease from skillet and return to stove.
  • Stir in the water, tomato paste, fresh parsley, salt, mint (if desired), cinnamon, and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Peel and clean your potatoes. Slice into thin round slices. Set aside.
  • Crack your eggs into a small mixing bowl and lightly beat. Set aside.
  • For the sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. While continuously whisking, gradually stir in the flour until smooth.
  • While still continuously whisking, slowly add the milk until smooth and bring to a simmer. Continue whisking until mixture has thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Pour about 1/4 c. sauce into the beaten eggs and whisk that together. Then pour the egg and sauce mixture back into the saucepan combining all the eggs with the rest of the sauce. Do not let the egg cook while going into sauce pan.
  • Continue whisking the sauce and add the fresh parmesan and salt. Whisk until mixed. Set aside.
  • Grease a 3-qt. shallow baking dish and put a layer of half of the potato slices evenly in the bottom of the dish.
  • Top the layered potatoes with half of the parmesan sauce.
  • Add all of the meat mixture on top of the parmesan sauce.
  • Layer the other half of the sliced potatoes evenly on top of the meat mixture.
  • Finally, pour the rest of the parmesan sauce over the last layer of potatoes.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 for an hour or until potatoes are tender.
  • Once done baking, take out of the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
*Serves 6-8



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