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Pastitsio With Eggplant
(Pastitsio Me Melitzana)
What You Need:
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 4½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 2 cups crushed fresh or canned tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup grated kefalotiri or
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1½ cups elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions and drained
  • 1 medium-sized eggplant, about 1 pound, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1½ cups milk, heated
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • How To Cook:
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

    2. Saute onions in 2 tablespoons butter until wilted. Add meat and cook until brown. Add tomatoes and cook until liquid has been absorbed.

    3. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Add 2 beaten eggs and 1/3 cup of the grated cheese.

    4. Combine meat mixture with macaroni and pour into a greased 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan. (Pan should be about half full.)

    5. Preheat broiler.

    6. Brush eggplant slices with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Broil until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels, then place over the macaroni and meat mixture.

    PREPARE THE SAUCE:
    1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and blend in cornstarch. Gradually add hot milk and cook over low heat, stirring, until slightly thickened.

    2. Pour in 3 beaten eggs, stirring constantly. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

    3. Pour sauce evenly over pan ingredients. Sprinkle top with remaining butter, melted, and grated cheese.

    4. Bake for 45 minutes, or until sauce is set and golden brown. Cool about 5 minutes before slicing.

    To Serve: 6 to 8
    This recipe is also available in:
    Cuisine » Europe » Greece
    Main Ingredient » Vegetables » Eggplants
    Main Ingredient » Meat & Poultry » Beef
    Main Ingredient » Pasta » Macaroni
    Dish » Appetizers



     




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