Tuna-Cheese Moussaka

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe sounds a little time-consuming, but once you get the hang of it it's easy. It's worth trying, it's sooo good!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Prepare Eggplant: Peel and cut eggplant into 1/2" slices.
  2. Sprinkle slices with salt.
  3. Place in a bowl.
  4. Cover and add a weight.
  5. Rest for 30 minutes to release liquid.
  6. Drain and pat dry.
  7. Dip slices into beaten egg and saute in large skillet containing heated oil.
  8. Drain on paper towel.
  9. Prepare White Sauce: In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  10. Saute onion.
  11. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  12. Remove from stove and cool for 1 minute.
  13. Slowly add the hot milk stirring constantly.
  14. Bring to a boil.
  15. Boil for 1 minute.
  16. Continue to cook until thickened.
  17. If lumpy transfer to processor and process for 5 seconds.
  18. Add seasonings and wine.
  19. Cool.
  20. Divide into 2 bowls.
  21. Prepare Filling: Divide parmesan cheese in two and set aside.
  22. Rinse tuna under cold water.
  23. Drain.
  24. Break into small pieces and add to half of white sauce.
  25. Mix well.
  26. Coarsely chop the green pepper by hand.
  27. To work bowl of processor add cottage and feta cheese, eggs and green pepper.
  28. Process 10 seconds until smooth.
  29. Add remaining white sauce.
  30. Process off and on to blend.
  31. Assembling the Moussaka: Line an 8x8 pyrex dish with eggplant.
  32. Add the tuna white sauce mixture.
  33. Sprinkle half the Parmesan cheese.
  34. Add another layer of eggplant and the egg-cheese mixture.
  35. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and top with tomato slices and a little more Parmesan cheese.
  36. Variations: 1 Substitute cottage cheese for feta cheese; 2 Replace the tuna with a 1- ounce can of sliced mushrooms or 1/2 pound of fresh mushrooms, sliced and sauteed.
  37. To Bake: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  38. and bake uncovered for 55 minutes.
  39. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  40. Recipe can be doubled and made in a 9"x13" pan.
  41. The completed recipe can be prepared the day ahead of serving.
  42. Bake for 35 minutes.
  43. Cool, cover and refrigerate.
  44. Bring to room temperature for 1 hour.
  45. Reheat at 350°F for 30 minutes until hot.
  46. The preparation for the eggplant and white sauce can be done the day before the Moussaka is assembled.
  47. Do not freeze.

Reviews

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I made this for a dinner party and had to omit just about everything because of my fussy friends...anyway I had the mushroom-cheese version, substituting ricotta for cottage cheese and leaving out the feta. And instead of frying the eggplant I sliced it crosswise and grilled it (much less fats!); despite all of these changes it still was a very good recipe, very delicate, different from usual, I'm sure it will be better (at least for my taste)the next time, when I'm allowed to put something with a little more taste in it!!!Thank you for this recipe!

AdriMicina May 21, 2004

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