Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Meat Moussaka



POINTS® Value: 5
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 25 min
Cooking Time: 50 min
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
This Greek casserole is perfect for a cold winter night. We tinkered with the sauce to create a wonderful hearty variation without all of the fat.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium raw eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tsp table salt, or more to taste, divided
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 pound raw lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion(s), chopped
  • 1 medium garlic clove(s), finely chopped
  • 8 oz canned tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup wine, red
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano, or more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg white(s), beaten
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place eggplant slices in a colander; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and let stand 15 minutes.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; sauté eggplant until lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels; set aside.

  • In same skillet, sauté beef, onion and garlic until beef is brown and onion is tender, about 4 minutes; drain off fat. Stir in 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, wine, parsley, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, oregano and cinnamon; simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Stir 1/4 cup of beef mixture into egg white; return to skillet, mix well. Cook 1 minute.

  • Pour remaining 1/2 cup of tomato sauce into bottom of 9 X 13-inch baking dish. Place 1/2 of eggplant slices on top of sauce, then spoon on beef mixture; top with remaining eggplant slices and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake until cheese is browned and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Slice into 6 pieces and serve.

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