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 🙂