Moussaka (Vegetarian Eggplant And Cheese)

Moussaka (Vegetarian Eggplant And Cheese) Category Cheese 
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Ingredients And Procedures
2poundeggplant, stems removed
1/4cupcorn oil
4eachgarlic, cloves, chopped fine
1/2cuptomato sauce
6oztomato paste
1 1/2cupwater
2eacheggs, beaten
1/2poundmozzarella cheese, grated


Cut each eggplant lengthwise into 3 equal slices. Sprinkle with the salt and let stand for 20 minutes. Dry the slices on paper towels to absorb the liquid that accumulates. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a pan and stir-fry the garlic over moderate heat until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water and mix well. Simmer the sauce over low heat until it becomes thickened, about 15 minutes.

Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in a skillet. Dip the eggplant slices into the beaten eggs and fry over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Fry all the eggplant slices this way.

Assemble the moussaka in this manner: Put a layer of eggplant in a heatproof glass or metal baking dish. Cover with about 1/2 cup of the cooked tomato sauce. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of the grated cheese. Cover this with another layer of eggplant, then sauce, then cheese. The last layer (there should be three) ends with the cheese.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1/2 hour.

Serve warm. Serves 6 with spaghetti or other dishes.

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