Make the meat sauce first - even a day ahead
* Heat 1 T of olive oil in a skillet. Add the onions and cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently until tender, 10-12 minutes.
* Add the ground meat and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the meat loses its raw appearance, about 5 min.
*Add the tomatoes, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, allspice, salt and pepper and about 2/3 cup water.
* Simmer until thick and flavorful, about 30 min. Add the tomato paste and red wine and continue to simmer until the wine has developed a sweet aroma, about 10 minutes.
*Rinse, peel and slice thinly, but thick enough to not have holes, and salt the eggplant. Slice eggplant lengthwise and use a mandolin Then let it sit.
* Heat about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until it shimmers. Add the eggplant to the hot oil a few slices at a time and salute', turning as necessary, until tender and lightly colored, 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a rack to drain while you saute' the remaining pieces, adding more oil as needed.
*Wash whole potatoes and place in a pot. Add enough water to cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil lightly for 5 min. Cool and slice into 1/8 inch slices and set aside.
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
*Scatter bread crumbs in a deep, rectangular baking dish
*Take a slice of eggplant, put the meat sauce in the middle and roll it up
*Continue rolling eggplant slices until the dish is full
*Pour remaining sauce over the top of the eggplant rolls
*Place the sliced potatoes over the sauce
*Pour the cheese sauce over the eggplant
*Bake, uncovered, until the cheese sauce is thick and golden brown and the eggplant is tender. About 45 min.
*Let the Moussaka rest for about 20 minutes before serving.
Ina Garten has a wonderful Béchamel Sauce in her Pastitsio recipe in the "Make It Ahead" cookbook.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (2525g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 1836 (55%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 204g||272 %|
|Saturated Fat 114.3g||572 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 69.1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 9.4g|
|Cholesterol 673.7mg||207 %|
|Sodium 2206.8mg||76 %|
|Potassium 7439.5mg||196 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 235.8g||69 %|
|Dietary Fiber 9.7g||39 %|
|Sugars, other 226.1g|
|Protein 156.9g||224 %|
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Calories per serving: 3366
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