On May 27, I did read a post from Olympia's blog: Oldthings, where she gave the Greek Moussaka recipe. Since both of us LOVE Aubergines, or Eggplants as you call them, I've adapted this recipe and made it Vegan Style. Since I'm not Greek, I certainly do not qualify for making a Moussaka as well as Olympia did. Also I had to keep in consideration that it should be low sodium and low cholesterol. So I did not salt the aubergine for that reason, in order to drain the water out. Does anyone have a TIP on how to go about this, following a low sodium diet? Any hint is welcome.
I also did not fry them the way Olympia did but instead I did bake them with some olive oil in the oven, using a Demarle Silpat.
Not too bad... with some mixed greens and olive oil with Balsamico dressing.
Above is Olympia's Recipe Mussaka, just click the link for going to her post with very clear step-by-step instructions and great photos.
For the Vegan Style I will give you my version:
3 lb or 1500 g of aubergines - eggplants
3 lb or 1500 g potatoes
3 packages of 340 g each Trader Joe's Beefless Groundbeef (soy product)
3 large fresh tomatoes diced
2 big onions chopped
For the Bechamel:
1 liter milk
6 tablespoons of soft butter
6 tablespoons of whole wheat flour
1 cup of egg beaters
Bake at 200°C or 400°F for 50 minutes.
No cholesterol - no fat...
These are the 340 g packages of Beef-less ground beef from Trader Joe's.
Olive oil is what I used for the onions and the ground beef...
Aubergines - eggplants sliced and with some olive oil I had them for 10 minutes on the Silpat in the oven on 475°F or 250°C.
Any tips here are welcome!
Potatoes I did bake for half an hour in the oven on 400°F or 200°C also using olive oil.
Now layering the potatoes, aubergines - eggplants, minced beef and then topping them off with the Bechamel.
This beef-less ground beef is already pre-cooked so with the onions and tomatoes it only needs to be heated through.
The way Olympia did show how to make the Bechamel with softened, not melted butter I liked very much.
I used whole wheat as a healthy substitute for white flour.
Instead of real eggs I did blend in the 1 cup egg beaters after I'd cooked the Bechamel.
See Olympia's excellent photos of step-by-step instructions.
Bechamel all poured over the layers and ready for the oven...
50 minutes on 200°C or 400°F.
Maybe next time a tad longer in the oven...?
What do you think?
But we both enjoyed it very much!
Thanks again Olympia for sharing this with us.