13 December 2010

1319 Haist Street Moussaka

Hey guys. I have the week off. I am spending it working on my family cookbook. I've collected about 75 recipes from my parents and I'll be finally getting around to editing them this week. So if I manage to be productive, Furbacher recipes will also be the focus of my posts for the next week.

I want to test as many of the dishes as I can to make sure they taste right. I've never made most (if any!?) of these recipe before. I guess I wasn't the most helpful child in the kitchen. But I definitely know what they're supposed to taste like, so I will let my taste buds be my guide. I wanted to start out easy so today I made Moussaka.


1 large eggplant
olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1/2 – 1 lb ground lamb
2 tsp marjoram, or more to taste
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp parsley
2 medium tomatoes, cubed
1 cup grated mozzarella

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Peel eggplant and slice thinly. Add 1 cup of water to a large pot and place slices in it. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid.

Heat oil in a large skillet, and sweat onion. Add meat and spices and stir until browned. Add tomatoes, eggplant and some of the reserved liquid. (Don’t let it get too wet.) Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until tomato and eggplant have become slightly mushy.

Pour into a 9- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake for about 30 minutes. Serve with rice.


• I used 1 lb of the ground lamb. The flavour of the lamb really makes this dish. It doesn't need much more seasoning besides the marjoram and a little salt and pepper. In fact I didn't have any parsley so I just left it out.

• I also forgot to buy an onion but I had half a red onion, so I used that. Also I used extra old cheddar instead of mozzarella.

• How thin is thin? I sliced the eggplant about 1/4 inch thick. Because of this, I think I didn't have to simmer it as long on the stove... only about 5 minutes before putting it in the oven.

• There is a movie called Attack of the Giant Mousaka, which depicts the city of Athens at war with a giant piece of moussaka, mutated from a regular-size serving when hit by a ray from an alien space ship.

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