Have you made a moussaka instead of a lasagne...

@marguicha (166035)
Chile
March 29, 2011 9:17am CST
for a family gathering? When family comes, I like to make the kind of dishes that I dump in the oven to heat while I talk, hold the baby or yell to the young grandsons. Lasagne and spaguetti with pesto are some of the dishes I make. But I just answered a post made by a lotter about how she hates eggplant and I want to share that another awesome dish for those occations is the greek moussaka. I don´t use lamb meat though because it is too expensive. But any good ground meat does the job. I like it better than lasagne as it is not so "everyday cooking". I have learnt to fry the eggplant with a vey small amount of oil. Have you tried moussaka? Have you made it? What other eggplant based dishes do you like? Share!
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9 responses
• United States
29 Mar 11
Hi maguicha! Bernjena is what we call egg plant in Spanish. I cannot eat eggplant. I can cook it but for some reason the mushy taste I cannot stand. I prefer Lasagna and Spaghetti and day. I can actually eat any form of pasta daily actually. The way I was taught to make eggplant cuisines is in sauteed style with garlic and onions and our home made Spanish herb Sofrito. I have tried on several occasions and somehow it is not something I can eat.
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• United States
29 Mar 11
** shucks, I spelled it wrong it is Berenjena **
@marguicha (166035)
• Chile
29 Mar 11
I also make a mean encurtido de berejena. It has the sofrito, fried diced berenjenas, dry orégano and parsley plus vinegar. Once my mom invited me to a very elegant restaurant and they had this caviar de berenjena for starters. It wwas very expensive but I asked that to be able to have another recipe after investigating it. It was my encurtido with an elegant name and price.
@daeckardt (6239)
• United States
29 Mar 11
I have never heard of moussaka. I have had a few eggplant dishes and they were not bad. If I ever get access to a full kitchen again, I might look into some recipes that I can make that aren't just "out of a can". My brother was talking about buying me a hot plate, but I might tell him to get me a crock pot/slow cooker instead. Then I could make some dishes that might be healthier than opening a can and throwing it in the microwave.
@marguicha (166035)
• Chile
30 Mar 11
If you live in a motel, maybe a slow cooker is best. Do you have a fridge to keep leftovers from spoiling? Moussaka is a dish to make for many people and involves frying the eegplant and placing then in layers. It´s not easy if you don´t have a real kitchen.
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@marguicha (166035)
• Chile
5 Apr 11
You are wonderful, Debbie! You are SO positive minded (I hope that´s the word in English)! Have the best of days, friend!
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@daeckardt (6239)
• United States
5 Apr 11
Thanks!!! It is a good term to use. It helps to know that someone thinks that I am positive about something! I have had so many negative experiences in my life and been put down so many times that it feels good to get so much positive energy like I get from my friends here at mylot! Have a great week!!!
• India
8 Apr 11
We have egg plants of different size, shape colors here, the size varies from chicken egg to melon, color violet, white, green, spotted, there are seedless variety too, just wonder why it is 'egg-plant'; better would have been 'egg-fruit' lol My wifes fries them with minimum oil on non-stick pan, have you ever tried, what we call, baigan-bhurtaa? Take big ones, seed less is better, apply any oil outside, bake in open charcoal fire or microoven, when tender remove skin, mesh, add salt, pieces of onion.. Tell me later Thanks for sharing Enjoy life to fullest. Cheers. BE HAPPY ALWAYS. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. .
@marguicha (166035)
• Chile
20 Jun 11
Hi brother Bhuwan, I hope you are getting better. I had missed your answer here. Please tell my sister to send me the exact recipe f baigan-bhurtaa. I love eggplant and I´m tryin to eat as much vegetarian as I can now. Margarita
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• India
21 Jun 11
I think what i have said, 'Take big ones, seed less is better, apply any oil outside, bake in open charcoal fire or microoven, when tender remove skin, mesh, add salt, pieces of onion.. Thank you again, i will email you details, take care of yourself. Enjoy life to fullest. Professor ‘*^Bhuwan^*’. .
@MsTickle (25135)
• Australia
1 Apr 11
I have tried several times to cook with eggplant with no success. The stuff is tasteless and tough and expensive.
@marguicha (166035)
• Chile
5 Apr 11
It is not expensive where I live. The eggplant must be cut lenghtwise and fried first to make moussaka.
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@MsTickle (25135)
• Australia
5 Apr 11
It's when i fry it that it becomes tough.
• Philippines
30 Mar 11
hello marguicha, Yes i tried to cook greek moussaka last New Year Party and it was a hit nothing left behind maybe because this is not usual dish here and they thought it some kind of baked pasta . Eggplant omellete one of the dishes i love to eat . happy mylotting
@marguicha (166035)
• Chile
5 Apr 11
I have never made an eggplant omelelle. PLEASE tell me how you do it!!!
• Philippines
5 Apr 11
hi! i don't know if it is allow to post a recipe here but this link will help you don't worry it is easy to cook NOT A REFERRAL LINK http://www.allfavoriterecipe.com/tortang-talong-eggplant-omelet have a nice day!
@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Mar 11
I've eaten moussaka, but never made it. I've made lasagna. Reminds me of a German visitor who told the mother-in-law (behind my back) that he wasn't fond of spaghetti food. So the dear went and made something else for him.
@marguicha (166035)
• Chile
29 Mar 11
Moussaka is as easy (or hard) to make as lasagne. For me, the worst part about doing both dishes is that I´m always stingy with the white sauce and have to make several batches.
@willingk (27)
• China
21 Jun 11
I like to have in the house guest, also like yourself to do a lot of food, share cooking method was very happy for meat,that has a lot of practice.
30 Mar 11
well, thats easy for me to answer as i have never made a lasagne or moussaka as i dont like either and have had no reason to make them
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
30 Mar 11
The way you describe it, it is very tempting to sit at the table and eat what is there, but I have no idea of the names of those dishes you talked about.