Eggplant and Lentil Moussaka

Eggplant and Lentil Moussaka
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Eggplant and Lentil Moussaka

Tara Fisher

Eggplant and Lentil Moussaka

My stepmother, Wendy, is a fabulous cook who has a knack for producing incredible food — from wherever, using whatever, in what seems like minutes!

She made the tastiest moussaka for us on a wonderful holiday for my father’s 60th birthday in Greece a few years ago. This is a veggie version!

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Directions

Line a plate with paper towels. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and pan-fry the eggplant slices in batches, on both sides, until browned and beginning to soften. Transfer to the plate while you cook the rest. (Add a little more oil if necessary to prevent sticking, but wait until it is very hot before adding the eggplant slices or they will be soggy and oily.) Set aside.

Meanwhile, make the vegetable sauce. In a clean pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and sauté the onion for 2 minutes. Add the chopped zucchini and bell pepper and gently sauté for about 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 2 more minutes.

Stir in the cinnamon and tomato paste and cook for about 1 minute before adding the red wine, if using, and after 1 more minute the strained tomatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes, then stir in the lentils and sugar and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring salted water to a boil over high heat. Boil the potato slices until half cooked, about 3 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly while you make the ricotta sauce.

In a saucepan, combine the flour, butter, and milk and beat over medium heat. When thickened, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and some grated nutmeg and let cool for 5 minutes, then beat in the ricotta.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Pour half of the vegetable sauce into the bottom of a deep round casserole or baking dish with about a 3-quart capacity. Top with the potato slices in 1 layer, then spread over half the ricotta sauce. Layer on half of the eggplant, followed by the remaining vegetable sauce, the rest of the eggplant, and then the last of the ricotta sauce. Top with the shredded Cheddar. Bake until piping hot and bubbling, 45-55 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

588 kcal

Daily value:

29%

Servings:

4
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 81 g
  • Protein 16 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 23 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 605 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 59 µg
  • Vitamin B-12 1 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 6 mg
  • Vitamin D 29 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 7 µg
  • Ash 4 g
  • Caffeine 1 mg
  • Calcium, Ca 243 mg
  • Carotene, beta 169 µg
  • Cholesterol 14 mg
  • Choline, total 19 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 48 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 8 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 6 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 5 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 6 g
  • Folate, DFE 15 µg
  • Folate, food 22 µg
  • Folate, total 23 µg
  • Fructose 1 g
  • Glucose (dextrose) 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 3 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 78 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 85 mg
  • Maltose 1 g
  • Niacin 3 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 319 mg
  • Potassium, K 615 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin 4-6mers 16 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin 7-10mers 9 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin dimers 2 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin polymers (>10mers) 16 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin trimers 8 mg
  • Retinol 54 µg
  • Selenium, Se 6 µg
  • Sodium, Na 822 mg
  • Starch 8 g
  • Sugars, total 22 g
  • Theobromine 14 mg
  • Tocopherol, gamma 1 mg
  • Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 1 µg
  • Water 181 g
  • Zinc, Zn 3 mg
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