A classic Greek dish, minus the meat. We love Mediterranean day in the Gaiam Café kitchen!
Serves 4 to 6
3-4 eggplants, sliced thin lengthwise
3 each of zucchini and yellow squash, sliced thin lengthwise
1 sprig each of rosemary and thyme, leaves removed and chopped
2 large onions, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 cup tomato puree (or crushed tomatoes)
2 T tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup grated Kefalotyri or Parmesan cheese
Bechamel Sauce Ingredients:
1 cup salted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup flour
4 cups milk, warmed
8 egg yolks, lightly beaten
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven 350 degrees
Preheat grill. Season eggplant, zucchini and squash with rosemary, thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper. Marinate for 20 minutes. In a medium-sized pot on medium-high heat, add 3 T of olive oil and the onions and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes. Add spices and cook for one minute. Add tomato puree, tomato paste and parsley. Lower heat to medium-low and cook out for 30 minutes, stirring constantly. Once cooked, let it cool slightly. This can be made a day before you plan to serve it.
Melt butter over low heat. Using a whisk, add flour to melted butter, whisking continuously to make a smooth paste. Allow the paste to cook for about one minute, but do not allow it to brown. Add warmed milk in a steady stream, whisking continuously. Simmer over low heat until it thickens a bit but does not boil. Remove from heat and stir in beaten egg yolks and a pinch of nutmeg. Return to heat and stir until sauce thickens. This can also be made the day before.
Spread a small amount of tomato mix on the bottom of a baking dish. Start to layer eggplant, zucchini and squash. Pour in a small amount of bechamel and spread it over the vegetables. Sprinkle a small amount of cheese, then continue to build the moussaka, repeating these steps. Once you are done building it, pour the remaining bechamel over the moussaka and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Wait 15 minutes before cutting and serving.