Today I am pleased to feature a guest post from Ana who has shared a tasty Moussaka recipe that your kids will love. I’m not a big fan of cooking but obviously do have to do it like most moms -if I lived alone I think it might be a different story (hello Woolies!) Anyway I am thrilled to discover new easy recipes for family meal times and especially when they have been tried by other moms who can vouch for them. I am equally excited when a fellow blogger wishes to guest post about food on my blog as it’s probably an area that I am lacking content – so here is Ana post… Enjoy!
When I was growing up, my mom always experimented with food. She liked discovering other nation’s dishes and fiddling with them to “fit them to our liking”, as she used to say. I remember I particularly liked a dish called moussaka – simple enough, yet interesting. It was traditionally made in the Balkan countries, but I don’t think it’s known for certain where it originated. Some people say it’s traditionally a Greek dish.
My mom’s love for moussaka transferred to me, and I think I managed to extend it to my children, without even trying. It’s the kind of love that you can’t force, it comes naturally. 🙂
A while ago my children – like probably most children – spent some time in a phase where they wouldn’t eat any raw vegetables. Cooked veggies were fine as long as they were accompanied by meat. During this phase I invented games in the kitchen, just to get them to eat. We made castles, tents, pretended we were cavemen who hunted for their food, I’d hide food items all around the house and gave them prizes if they found, washed and cut/grated what we needed for lunch, etc. Fun!
When it’s moussaka time, we all have our roles. My son chops onions, my daughter peels potatoes and eggplants, I cut them, and my husband does whatever is needed at the moment. A lot of times he assumes the role of an entertainer and tells jokes.
There are several ways to make moussaka. Some people make it with potatoes, some people claim that real moussaka is made with eggplants, and some even make it with zucchini. Of course, you can use all these ingredients and make it very rich.
My moussaka is a potato and eggplant moussaka. I highly recommend this dish.
Ingredients for 4 people:
500g of beef mince (1 pound)
3 fresh tomatoes, or a can of tomatoes
1 cup of tomato sauce
salt, pepper, parsley to taste
1-2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 glass of water
1 glass of milk
1. Chop up onions into tiny pieces.
2. Dice tomatoes.
3. Pour vegetable oil into frying pan and add onions. Saute for a couple of minutes, then add ground beef and tomatoes. After a few minutes, pour a cup of tomato sauce and season everything with parsley. At the end put salt and pepper to taste.
4. Cut potatoes and eggplants into slices. Eggplant slices should be much thinner than potato slices.
5. Preheat oven at 190 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Farenheit).
6. In a baking pan pour some oil, then put a row of potatoes, then a row of eggplant slices, and a ground beef/tomato mix on top of everything. Then add another row of eggplant slices, and finally a row of potatoes.
7. Mix water with milk and pour over moussaka. Add a little at a time to determine how much liquid you need. You don’t want to end up with too much as then you will have to cook it for longer!
8. Put in the oven and cook for 45 minutes.
You can add some new ingredients to moussaka, if you wish. For example, sometimes I put some finely chopped carrots into the mix, or a put some grated cheese on top of the final row of tomatoes. Also, you can make a much thicker moussaka, having more layers than these five. Once you make it, you’ll see what’s missing and know how to do it according to your taste.
Thanks so much Ana for sharing this recipe – I can always do with new ideas!
About the author:
Ana Brady is a mother of two fun and food loving kids. She spends most of her time working on a project on double sided labels, hanging out with her family, writing about nutrition and cooking.
This post forms part of a new series called Family Meal Times – if you have a favourite family meal that is easy and quick to make and popular with all members of the family and you wouldn’t mind sharing it on my blog then please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you!