Moussaka is probably one of the first dishes people think about when asked “can you name a Greek dish”. Growing up though, my mum didn’t make this often as there’s a fair bit of work involved. Instead, she’d make pastitso, which is a baked pasta with beef mince, covered with bechemel sauce. Much easier and less time consuming than moussaka!
For my moussaka, I first began by slicing eggplant, salting it and then rinsing/patting dry. I also sliced up some potatoes. Both the potatoes and eggplant were shallow fried in oil (something I don’t like to do often!):
My mother in law had given me some tomatoes so I made a quick tomato, onion and garlic sauce. Ideally I would have like to chop the tomatoes more, or pureed the whole thing but I hadn’t washed the blender:
For the meat layer, I used the walnut-cauliflower meat recipe from Diet Dessert and Dogs. I used half walnut and half pecans. For the dried spices I used about a heaped teaspoon of paprika and dried oregano. For the layering, I think I did potatoes, eggplants, sauce, ‘meat’, potato, eggplant, ‘meat’, sauce. Yeah, I screwed up the order a little.
For the cream layer on top, I whizzed up raw unsalted cashews and pine nuts with some water, juice from a medium lemon and a good dash of nutmeg (salt and pepper to taste too):
I was pretty happy with how it turned out. This is something I’d make on a special occassion. And a bigger stove so I could fry everything at once. Bad photo with twee background:
Next time I’d like to add more flavour to the cashew-pine nut cream but overall I was happy with how it turned out 🙂
I looks delicious….YUM!
heh thanks! My mum said it was “surpisingly good” 😛
I used to love moussaka back when I ate meat many years ago. Your version looks incredible!
Wow, that last picture looks to die for! So structurally gorgeous! (Not to mention delicious-looking)
thank you! I’m so pleased I found the walnut-cauliflower meat recipe 🙂
Wow, that walnut-cauliflower meat looks so real. I’m going to have to use this mixture next time I try to trick my friends by serving up something they think has meat in it. And this moussaka recipe looks like the perfect dish to try this with. Thanks!
My mum said it was really good and she’s a harsh critic 🙂