Main Dishes

Eggplant Potato and Ground Beef Moussaka


Moussaka is the Mercedes of all casseroles! Add to that soft and tasty eggplant, and you got yourself a simple meal dreams are made of!

1 eggplant (medium, or 2 small)
3 potatoes (medium, or 4-5 small)
½ pound ground beef (or a little more)
1 yellow onion
1 garlic clove
2 tsp paprika
3 ounces mozzarella
3 eggs
1 8 ounce sour cream (or more)
1 tsp Parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil (vegetable or olive)
Wash eggplant, remove the stem, peel (optional), and cut into thin rounds. Salt rounds generously on each, and leave for 20-25 min to releases juice. Dice onion, mince garlic, peel potatoes and cut into thin rounds. Boil 1-2 quarts water in a pot, and throw in potato rounds for 5 minutes. Take out, submerge in cold water and dry with paper towel. Heat oven to 450F. Place eggplant rounds on paper towel and press to expel more juices. Put a skillet over high heat so the pan is extremely hot, and after a minute add a dash of oil. Add eggplant rounds and brown (about 5 min each side). Remove rounds and place on paper towel to soak up extra oil. Add more oil to skillet, wait a minute, and then add onion and garlic. Once these crystalize, add ground beef, 1 tsp paprika, salt and pepper to taste, and mix well. Cook for additional 3-5 minutes. (Meat should still be somewhat pink.) Strain. Mix eggs and sour cream until smooth. Lightly grease a deep baking dish on all sides (I used 8x8). Start layering ingredients in starting with potatoes. The layers should go in this order: potatoes, ground beef, eggplant, cheese, eggplant, potatoes. Pour sour cream/ egg mixture on top. Sprinkle with remaining paprika and parsley. Place in oven on medium rack. Bring the oven temperature to 375F, and bake for 45-50 minutes, turning the baking pan once every 15 minutes. If the top starts to blush too much, or too soon, cover with foil and add a few minutes to the total baking time.


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