Moussaka (Iraqi baked dinner)

Moussaka (Iraqi baked dinner)

What you need:

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 1 15oz can of tomato puree or sauce
  • 1/2 can of water (use tomato puree can)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp allspice

What you do:

  • Cut the eggplant into 1/2 thick slices and then cut in half.  Place eggplant onto cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt, set aside.
  • Cut the potatoes into 12 1/2 inch thick slices.  Place into a sauce pan and cook in water for 6 minutes.  While potatoes are cooking combine meat with 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp. of salt, 1/4 tsp of pepper, 1/4 tsp. of allspice.  Shape the meat mixture into 12 2″ patties.
  • Cut the tomatoes into 12 thick slices.
  • Cut the onions into 12 thin slices.
  • Rinse the eggplant of the salt and in a square casserole dish arrange eggplant, potatoes (drained), tomatoes, meat patties, and onion alternately in rows, standing on end.  Do this until you either fill your dish or run out of ingredients.
  • Mix: the tomato puree with 1/2 can of water, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.
  • Pour over casserole.  Bake at 350 in oven for 1 hour or until the potatoes and eggplant are cooked through.

Serve with bread, and enjoy!


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